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Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Physical conditions such as epilepsy
- Environmental challenges such as family problems
- Psychiatric disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Anxiety or depression
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Conduct disorder
- Learning and language disorders
- Physical conditions (eg, sleep apnea )
- Poor school performance
- Behavior problems
- Assessment of symptoms of ADHD in different settings (home and school)
- Age at which symptoms started
- The degree to which the behavior affects the child's ability to function
- Be present in two or more of the child's settings (home, school, activities)
- Have started by the time the child is seven years of age
- Make it hard to function at school, at home, and/or in social situations
- Interfere with the child's ability to function for at least six months
- Achenbach Behavioral Checklist
- ADD-II Comprehensive Teacher Rating Scale (ACTeRS)
- Child Behavior Rating Scale
- Copeland Symptom Checklist for Attention Deficit Disorder
- Conners Rating Scales
- Vanderbilt Rating Scale
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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated April 25, 2012. Accessed August 14, 2012.
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10/28/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance : Subcommittee on Attention-deficit/hyperactivity Disorder, Steering Committe 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 Oct 16. [Epub ahead of print] AAP Recommendations and Diagnostic Guidelines for ADHD. American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Children website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/pages/AAP-Recommendations-Diagnostic-Guidelines-for-ADHD.aspx . Updated October 24, 2011. Accessed October 28, 2011.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014