Diagnosing ADD and ADHD

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There is no quick diagnosis for ADD and ADHD. Just like this is not a simple disorder, diagnosing it isn’t a simple process. While one might display symptoms that look like ADD/ADHD, it doesn’t mean that it is ADD/ADHD. It could be a variety of things. Only a full neuropsychological evaluation is the best way to tell if you’re dealing with ADD/ADHD or other symptoms that can act like this disorder. As the saying goes…

just because it looks and quacks like a duck doesn’t mean it’s a duck.

I cannot tell you how many times people call me for help with ADD/ADHD and he or she is self-diagnosed. Or what’s even worse is that a teacher will tell a parent that his or her child has the disorder. Just like a car should be evaluated by a qualified mechanic, ADD/ADHD should be diagnosed by a qualified professional. While the Internet is a great resource, information isn’t always filtered. It’s important to know the source.

You should still do your part. If you suspect you or a loved one is dealing with ADD/ADHD, you should do your due diligence. I’d suggest two things…

1. Begin gathering information…

  • Why ADD/ADHD is suspected?
  • What behavior(s) is/are a concern?
  • What do you hope to learn?

2. Identify and interview psychologists…

  • I’d identify at least three people to interview.
  • Be prepared for this process to take some time. It’s usually a good sign when there’s a wait to see someone.

This is not a simple or inexpensive process, but a comprehensive evaluation will help provide a roadmap for treatment. Once have a greater understanding of the specific situation, you’ll be able to identify the best ways of helping.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdefcoach.com. In addition to working with clients in-person, I also work with clients all over the United States and World online, please visit www.onlineadhdcoach.com for more information. To learn more about my other services, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com & www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDGuru. You can also find me on Facebook, Google Plus and Tumblr. Feel free to email me at [email protected] or call 877.398.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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