Even if your child may have some symptoms that appear to be ADHD, it might be something else, which is why you need a doctor’s professional opinion. Diagnosing ADHD is a process that involves several steps including gathering a lot of information from multiple sources. You and your physician will discuss any current symptoms your child may be showing. Then you will talk about your family’s psychiatric history to determine if any immediate family members have shown signs of ADHD. The doctor may give your child a physical exam, take a medical history, and may even give him a noninvasive brain scan.
Some of the symptoms of ADHD can include chronic inattention, distraction, and disorganization that harm your ability to function at school or at home. Children with ADHD show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity in specific ways. These children:
Doctors may classify symptoms as the following types of ADHD:
• Combined type (inattentive/hyperactive/impulsive). This is the most common form of ADHD. Children with this type of ADHD show symptoms of inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior.
• Hyperactive/impulsive type. Children show both hyperactive and impulsive behavior, but for the most part, they can pay attention.
• Inattentive type. Formerly called attention deficit disorder (ADD). These children are not overly active. They do not disrupt the classroom or other activities, so their symptoms might not be noticed.
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