A girl smiling

Patient portrayal

HOW IS ADHD DIAGNOSED?

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.

Patient and caregiver portrayals

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.

Need help finding a doctor? No problem. We'll help you find some options.

DOCTOR FINDER

Patient portrayal

What is Vyvanse® Icon

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT VYVANSE
Talking to your child's doctor icon

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.

DOCTOR DISCUSSION GUIDE