Diagnosing ADD and ADHD

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There is no quick diagnosis for ADD and ADHD. Just like this is not a simple disorder, diagnosing it isn’t a simple process. While one might display symptoms that look like ADD/ADHD, it doesn’t mean that it is ADD/ADHD. It could be a variety of things. Only a full neuropsychological evaluation is the best way to tell if you’re dealing with ADD/ADHD or other symptoms that can act like this disorder. As the saying goes…

just because it looks and quacks like a duck doesn’t mean it’s a duck.

I cannot tell you how many times people call me for help with ADD/ADHD and he or she is self-diagnosed. Or what’s even worse is that a teacher will tell a parent that his or her child has the disorder. Just like a car should be evaluated by a qualified mechanic, ADD/ADHD should be diagnosed by a qualified professional. While the Internet is a great resource, information isn’t always filtered. It’s important to know the source.

You should still do your part. If you suspect you or a loved one is dealing with ADD/ADHD, you should do your due diligence. I’d suggest two things…

1. Begin gathering information…

  • Why ADD/ADHD is suspected?
  • What behavior(s) is/are a concern?
  • What do you hope to learn?

2. Identify and interview psychologists…

  • I’d identify at least three people to interview.
  • Be prepared for this process to take some time. It’s usually a good sign when there’s a wait to see someone.

This is not a simple or inexpensive process, but a comprehensive evaluation will help provide a roadmap for treatment. Once have a greater understanding of the specific situation, you’ll be able to identify the best ways of helping.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visithttp://www.adhdefcoach.com. In addition to working with clients in-person, I also work with clients all over the United States and World online, so please visit www.onlineadhdcoach.com for more information. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit http://www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and http://www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest onADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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