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Attention Deficit Disorder

Alternate Names : ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Diagnosis of ADD and ADHD begins with a medical history and physical exam. The healthcare provider will look for behaviors that are typical of ADD. In order to diagnose ADD, the provider must determine that the behaviors have the following characteristics:

  • are more frequent or severe than in other people of the same age group
  • create significant disability in at least two of the following areas: school, home, work, or social settings
  • have continued for at least 6 months
  • started early in life, before age 7
  • The healthcare provider may order some of the following tests to rule out other disorders:

  • allergy tests
  • blood and urine tests
  • cranial CT scan
  • cranial MRI

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    Author: Michael Johnson, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 09/07/01

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