ADHD Diagnosis

The decision to diagnose a child with ADHD can be difficult.  Behaviors displayed by children of all ages can be caused by various reasons, and can be compounded by parental and school influences. How can providers be sure to differentiate between normal and abnormal behaviors, and to diagnose clinical problems accurately?

ADHD child

There are many factors involved in reaching a diagnosis, such as:

A decision about diagnosis must be achieved despite these influences. Reviewing the diagnostic process can help. In this interactive module you will learn about the presentations of ADHD, walk through differential diagnoses, and how to accurately diagnose ADHD in children using diagnostic criteria. 

Content Team:
Ryan Santin, M.D.
Lindsey Manzel, M.S.N., PMHNP
Crystal Epstein, M.S.N., PMHNP

Howard Liu, M.D.
Joseph Evans, Ph.D.
Heidi Keeler, Ph.D.

Venkata Kolli, M.D.
Arwa Nasir, M.D., M.B.B.S.

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Published: June 4, 2015

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