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How is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosed?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)is usually identified and diagnosed by a team of medical professionals. A diagnosis will be made by a doctor, child psychiatrist or paediatrician.

When assessing a child for ADHD, several types of information will need to be collected, including:

  • History of symptoms
    • Nature of problems
    • When the problems started
    • The setting in which problems occur
    • Factors that increase or decrease symptoms
  • Medical history
    • Risk factors during pregnancy
    • Medical conditions known to be associated with ADHD:
      • Fragile X Syndrome
      • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
      • G6PD Deficiency
      • Phenylketonuria
    • Operations, accidents and chronic medical conditions such as:
      • Asthma
      • Epilepsy
      • Heart, liver and kidney disorders
  • Past psychiatric history
    • Any mental health problems
  • Educational history
    • Ability level
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