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ADHD Testing

ADHD Testing Facts

Testing for ADHD involves a number of screening tools, full history and physical, self-tests, observations, and other neurocognitive evaluations. There is no currently accepted blood test or radiologic test for the disorder, though recent studies suggest that there may be some biomarkers (lab tests) and recently the FDA approved the use of an electroencephalogram (EEG) device to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. There is some disagreement amongst researchers and clinicians regarding the cost-effectiveness of the technology.

Symptoms and Signs of ADHD

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder associated with difficulties with attentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. There are several subtypes of the disorder that include varying expressions of the symptoms. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is considered an inattentive predominant subtype. There is a high frequency (>50%) of comorbid psychiatric disorders in children and adults with ADHD, including bipolar disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and others. The diagnosis and treatment of ADHD is well established and is based on observations and subjective reports by the affected children, parents, teachers, and physicians.

Specific Rating Scales Used to Diagnose ADHD in Children

There are a number of assessments that are completed by physicians, parents, and teachers. No single scale or source should be used to make the diagnosis of ADHD. It requires information from multiple sources. These include the following:

  1. The Vanderbilt Assessment Scale is a tool which reviews symptoms associated with ADHD and other psychiatric diagnoses. This is generally completed by a teacher and a parent.
  2. Behavior assessment system for children assesses symptoms such as hyperactivity, aggression and conduct problems, as well as other behavioral problems. Though used originally by psychologists, it is not commonly used by pediatricians and others involved in evaluating and treating children with ADHD and other behavioral disorders.
  3. A child behavior checklist/teacher report form (Achenbach checklist) is completed by parents, teachers, and the child and is a subjective evaluation of behaviors consistent with ADHD.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2013

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