U.S. Health Care Professionals

ADHD Screening and Diagnosis

Suspicion of ADHD is followed by screening, and then, when appropriate, a comprehensive evaluation to establish the diagnosis.1,2 Select a topic below:

Diagnostic Evaluation

Reviews considerations for performing an initial diagnostic evaluation when ADHD is suspected.

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Diagnostic Criteria

Reviews the specific criteria for establishing the diagnosis, as established by the DSM-5®.

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Patient Age and ADHD

Discusses the possible variability of symptoms depending on patient age. Includes lists of potential symptoms by age.

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Screening and Diagnostic Tools

Presents validated behavior scales developed to help screen for and diagnose ADHD in patients of various ages.

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Reference

  1. Pliszka S; AACAP Work Group on Quality Issues. Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2007;46(7):894-921.
  2. Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. ADHD: clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2011:128(5):1007-1022, SI1-SI21.