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How Do I know if My Child Needs an ADHD Evaluation?

Margaret V. Austin, Ph.D., edited by C. E. Zupanick, Psy.D. Updated: Mar 28th 2017

Knowing when to have a child evaluated can be confusing. Sometimes your child will seem perfectly normal. Other times, you're not too sure if you should be concerned. Relax. All caregivers go through this. The key is to get answers so that you will know which way to go. Here are some questions you can consider when deciding whether or not to seek an evaluation:

1. Think about other children you know of the same approximate age. Do the behaviors or attitudes that concern you, occur more often in your child?

2. Are these behaviors a continuous problem or just something that occurs every now and again in response to certain stressful situations?

3. Do the behaviors occur in many settings or just one, like the playground or in the classroom? (consider: home, school, relationships with siblings and peers, travel etc.)

Once you 'pull the trigger' to inquire about an evaluation, try to keep a positive outlook. An evaluation doesn't mean your child will automatically be dubbed with a mental health label of some sort. Instead, the evaluation process is performed by a team of professionals, whose goals is to help each child reach their greatest potential.


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Not realistic - - May 27th 2012

Obviously the person who has posted this comment doesn't have this disorder or isn't the parent/relative of a child who has this problem. That the medical fraternity doesn't understand this problem very much is true - but how much does modern allopathic medicine understand any medical problem - there is always something they do not know about how and why the human body works. Having said that, give them the credit of trying. Doctors are humans too and to club them all under one negative mental attitude is unrealistic.

The greatest medical hoax - - Mar 30th 2012

ADHD is the greatest medical hoax of our time.  There is no empirical evidence for the alleged disorder.  It is simply a fab that doctors have created in order to fill their pockets full.

Child inappropriately diagnosed and put on med (Clonodine) - - Dec 15th 2010

My husband and I are the grandparents who had to take guardianship of our granddaughter from her birth mother at three years of age after two years of neglect and abuse.  Now, the Court terminated it and she was given over to two more years of suffering at hands of mother and boyfriend/husband.  Solution:  Get granddaughter on med quickly, not parent, not take effects of trauma and abuse on her.  Help!  The Court System sucks and it gives children over to misery!

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