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If you're concerned that your child might have ADHD, talk to his or her doctor or healthcare provider about it.

ADHD is diagnosed based on specific criteria

The official criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD in children say that 6 or more inattentive symptoms and/or 6 or more hyperactive/impulsive symptoms (5 or more in people age 17 or older) must occur often and for at least 6 months.

In addition:

  • Several inattentive or hyperactive/ impulsive symptoms must have been present prior to age 12.
  • Several symptoms must be present in 2 or more settings—for example, at home, at school, or in social settings.
  • There must be clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with social, academic, or work functioning.
  • Symptoms are not due to another mental disorder.

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Meeting with your child's doctor

These are not the only criteria used to diagnose ADHD. Diagnosis should be based on a complete history and evaluation by a healthcare provider. Remember, only a doctor or other trained healthcare provider can accurately diagnose ADHD.

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What is Vyvanse?

Vyvanse may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in children ages 6 to 17 with ADHD. Ask your child's doctor and click below to explore the study results.

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When it's time to talk to your child's doctor

It all starts with an open and honest conversation about your child’s health. This Doctor Discussion Guide can help. A couple things to remember, this discussion guide is not a diagnostic tool. Only a doctor or other healthcare provider can diagnose ADHD.