How do I know if my child has ADHD?

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How do I know if my child has ADHD?

Your child’s doctor may make a diagnosis. Or sometimes the doctor may refer you to a paediatrician or psychiatrist who is more experienced with ADHD to make a diagnosis.

There is no single test that can tell if your child has ADHD. To make a diagnosis, several rating scales can be used to evaluate ADHD symptoms. The doctor/specialist will also collect information from you, your family, and your child’s teachers.

Sometimes it can be hard to diagnose a child with ADHD because symptoms may look like other conditions. For example, a child may seem quiet and well-behaved, but in fact they are having a hard time paying attention and is often distracted. Or, a child may act badly in school, but teachers don't realize the child has ADHD.

If your child is having trouble at school or at home and has been for a long time, ask their doctor about ADHD.

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