Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

Dr. Mark Casdorph discusses how ADHD is diagnosed. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

When we look at someone to see if they have ADHD, the first thing we use is the parent history. They tell us from the moment the child was born up to the present time. And people with ADHD have a track record of having symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulse control problems. So, they can provide that from the parents.

The second thing that we do is we gather information from the school. Now, a lot of times the parents can provide that information, or sometimes if need be, there's forms and questionnaires we ask the teachers for their input.

And then finally, there's a comprehensive examination where you look at the child, you watch them in the room, you interact with them, you talk with them, and you get an idea pretty quickly about what's going on as far as ADHD.


Several steps are involved in diagnosing ADHD. 

The first step is a medical exam that includes hearing tests and vision tests to rule out other health issues with symptoms similar to ADHD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

A patient history is also taken. With this, parents describe symptoms from when their child was born until the current time, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

Next, information is gathered from your child’s school about how he or she behaves, interacts with others, and learns. 

The final part of the exam to diagnose ADHD is a time when the doctor can observe and interact with your child to see any ADHD signs or symptoms firsthand.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how ADHD is diagnosed.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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