Diagnosing ADHD

ADHD is being diagnosed more frequently today than it was a generation ago. As clinicians nowadays, we know a lot more about how the brain works and have far better diagnostic tools to work with. Despite all these advances, however, there is still no simple, “one-size-fits-all,” definitive test that can determine if a person, whether child or adult, has ADHD. It’s the individual’s own story – what psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers refer to as “the history” – that makes or breaks the diagnosis of ADHD.

For children, a common starting point for the diagnosis of ADHD is feedback from teachers and school psychologists, whose years of observing behavior in the classroom make them especially attuned to spotting certain key symptoms. For adults, the diagnosis is more complex and not as clearcut. As you learn more about ADHD, you might start to think almost everybody has it. Many of its symptoms – like inattentiveness, procrastination, information overload – have become part of our modern way of life. It is easy to imagine you have ADHD when you do not. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Leave it to the professionals.

Various professionals are qualified to diagnose ADHD. Child psychiatrists and developmental pediatricians have the most training in this area but are in short supply in many parts of the country. If you are looking to have an evaluation done, a pediatric neurologist or a child psychologist may also be able to help. If they don’t have specific experience treating ADHD, they can provide you with a referral to a specialist who does. Adults should look for a neurologist or psychiatrist who has experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD. Of course, if you live in the greater Boston or New York City area (or can easily travel to these areas), we would be delighted to have you come to a Hallowell Center and meet with one of our ADHD experts.

“It is easy to imagine you have ADHD when you do not.  Don’t try to diagnose yourself.  Leave it to the professionals.”

At The Hallowell Centers, we offer a variety of diagnostic and assessment tools to help us evaluate and understand your specific needs. Getting started is easy. Simply request a free 15 minute Patient Care Consult with our new patient specialist at a location convenient to you.

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