How Are US Children Diagnosed with ADHD
Are you wondering how U.S. children are diagnosed with ADHD? They can be diagnosed in many different ways. Continue reading this article to find out.
A Family Member
According to www.cdc.gov, a family member may first notice the symptoms associated with ADHD in a child. The child may be climbing all over the house or be very hyperactive. In addition, the child may not be listening. Or better yet, the child may be talking during movie night. These are all signs of ADHD in children.
Someone From The Child’s School Or Day Care Center
In addition to a family member, according to www.cdc.gov, someone from the child’s school or day care center may also notice the symptoms associated with ADHD in a child. The child may have difficulty following the teacher’s directions or play roughly in the classroom. These are also signs of ADHD in children.
According to www.cdc.gov, a psychologist may also diagnose a child with ADHD. According to www.cdc.gov, most children who are diagnosed with ADHD by a psychologist are older than 6 years of age and under 6 years of age. A psychologist also has many tests and assessment tools that can be used to diagnose the child.
A primary care physician (usually a pediatrician)
In addition to a family member, someone from the child’s school or day care center, or a psychologist, according to www.cdc.gov, a primary care physician, usually a pediatrician, may also tell family members that the child has ADHD.
Healthcare Providers Who Use Behavior Rating Scales Or Checklists
According towww.cdc.gov, healthcare providers who use behavior rating scales or checklists can also provide family members with a child with ADHD information about the child’s diagnosis. These behavior rating scales and checklists have specific questions that assess for ADHD.
To end this article, specific practitioners can guide you in the right direction to formulate a diagnosis of your child’s ADHD. They include but are not limited to: a family member, someone from the child’s school or day care center, a psychologist, a primary care physician, in particular a pediatrician, in addition to healthcare providers who use behavior rating scales or checklists. A psychiatrist is not the only person who can diagnose a child with ADHD. As mentioned in this article, various other practitioners can provide diagnoses of ADHD, as well. In addition to a psychiatrist, a psychologist can also provide a diagnosis of ADHD.
Walters, L. (2017). How Are US Children Diagnosed with ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 19, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2017/08/how-are-us-children-diagnosed-with-adhd/