The downloadable Doctor Discussion Guide below includes a symptom checklist, questions for your child’s doctor, and tips for your appointment. Use this guide to:
Use this guide to track your child's ADHD symptoms and help keep the Doctor informed
Start by printing a paper copy of the Doctor Discussion Guide or downloading a digital version to a mobile device — whatever works better for you. Then, before you see the doctor, review each section of the guide, complete the guide’s Symptom Checklist with your child, and bring it with you to discuss during your appointment. It may help the doctor understand your child's current symptoms.
This checklist is a tool to let the doctor know what ADHD symptoms your child may be experiencing. For a downloadable version of the ADHD Symptom Checklist, click here.
Please note, this checklist is not a diagnostic tool. Only a doctor or other trained health care professional can diagnose ADHD.
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Drug treatment may not be appropriate for all patients with ADHD.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your appointment to complete paperwork and to review your notes.
You know your child, and your child’s doctor knows ADHD. You are your child’s advocate. Make sure you feel your questions have been answered.
Write Things Down.
Take notes during or shortly after the appointment to help you remember what you talked about. Encourage your child to talk about what was discussed during the appointment and compare your recollections.
Keep the Door Open.
Let the doctor know how your child is responding to any treatment; everyone responds differently.
Involve Your Child at Every Step of the Process.
By including your child in conversations with the doctor, you are helping to create a team approach to managing your child’s ADHD.
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