How is ADHD diagnosed?

Only a Doctor Can Diagnose ADHD

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If you’ve read through the symptoms and you are concerned about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), talk to your doctor about it. Only a doctor or healthcare provider can diagnose ADHD.

ADHD is diagnosed
based on specific criteria

The official criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD in adults say that 5 or more inattentive symptoms and/or 5 or more hyperactive/impulsive symptoms must occur 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 work, or in social settings. 
  • There must be clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with social, academic, or work function.
  • Symptoms are not due to another mental disorder.

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

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