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American Academy of Pediatrics



American Academy of Pediatrics

Making the Diagnosis

Your pediatrician will determine whether your child has Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) using guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics

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Ages

These diagnosis guidelines are for children 6 to 21 years of age

It is difficult to diagnosis AD/HD in children 5 years of age and younger

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Tests for AD/HD

There is no single test for AD/HD

The process requires several steps and involves getting a lot of information from multiple sources:

~ Parents

~ Your child

~ Child’s school

~ Other caregivers

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To confirm a diagnosis of AD/HD these behaviors must:

Occur in more than one setting, such as home, school, and social situations

Be more severe than in other children the same age

Start before the child reaches 7 years of age

Continue for more than 6 months

Make it difficult to function at school, at home, and in social situations

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Additionally

In addition to looking at your child’s behavior, your pediatrician will do a physical examination. A full medical examination is needed to put your child’s behavior in context and screen for other conditions that may affect your child’s behavior

As a parent, you will provide crucial information about your child’s behavior and how it affects your child’s home life and in other social settings

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