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Listen to “Is It Really ADHD? How to Get the Diagnosis Right” with Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.

There is no test for ADHD. So, in this podcast, Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., explains what it takes to make an accurate ADD diagnosis.

A doctor runs a test for ADHD on his patient.

Listen to “Is It Really ADHD? How to Get the Diagnosis Right” with Thomas Brown, Ph.D.

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Thomas Brown, Ph.D., explains how to avoid common ADHD diagnosis pitfalls with his step-by-step plan.

In this episode:

  • The tools that professionals should always use when evaluating for ADHD — from a physical exam to interviews to rating scales
  • The key elements of a clinical patient interview
  • How much time is needed for a thorough evaluation, including follow-up visits
  • Which rating scales are useful for diagnosing ADHD — and when they are most needed
  • Key questions that patients should ask their providers, and red-flag answers
  • Why clinicians should evaluate for co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety or ODD
  • The validity of using brain imaging, computer tests, or blood tests when diagnosing ADHD
  • The importance of the DSM-5 in an ADHD evaluation
  • Which professionals are equipped to diagnose ADHD correctly

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Listener testimonials:

  • “All of the podcasts are interesting and helpful but this is the best one so far! I am going to have my family listen to it. My daughter minimizes her ADHD when asked about it even though she struggles with it. Some of the tests he mentioned described her situation. Thank you for this!!”
  • “So informative! I am so grateful for these well organized and presented talks!”
  • “Very helpful, clearly presented information. Thank you so much for providing these podcasts.”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

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Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from telephone conversations, not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: www.additudemag.com/webinars/


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