Couple of Valid Tests Exist to aid Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Diagnosis in Youthful Children


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THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were diagnosed before the age of 6, even though there aren’t many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young, a. One-Third of Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6. But researchers add that few valid tests exist to support diagnosis in children that young. From the WebMD Archives. By Tara Haelle.

HealthDay. One-third of American children involved in the study were diagnosed with ADHD before age 6, Tech Times reported. Researchers noted that few valid tests exist to diagnose children so young, while.

There is an early diagnosis for one third of American kids with ADHD, but researchers say that few valid tests exist to support a diagnosis in children. There is no specific or definitive test for ADHD. Instead, diagnosing is a process that takes several steps and involves gathering a lot of information from multiple sources. You, your child.

Several different types of medications are FDA-approved to treat ADHD in children as young as 6 years of age external icon: Stimulants are the best-known and most widely used ADHD medications. Between 70-80% of children with ADHD have fewer ADHD symptoms when taking these fast-acting medications. A comprehensive physical history paying particular attention to disorders that may mimic the symptoms of ADHD – blood tests may be ordered to rule out any thyroid and kidney issues. A personal and family history of mental health disorders paying particular attention to disorders that may mimic the symptoms of ADHD –anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse issues and personality disorders.

The diagnosis of ADHD reflects the motives and mind view of the psychiatrists who authored the DSM-4. So the answer to the question “Does ADHD exist” really depends on the persepective of. When I first heard that a neurologist had written a book called ADHD Does Not Exist, I felt has ADHD because stimulant drugs help the child’s symptoms. does not even exist in children.

But researchers add that few valid tests exist to support diagnosis in children that young. (HealthDay)—Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Here, then, is another test that we must recommend against for diagnosing ADHD in children.

“Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Third Edition: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment” by Russell A. Barkley
from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Third Edition: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment
by Russell A. Barkley
Guilford Publications, 2005

In addition, for youth correctly diagnosed with ADHD, suggestions are provided for empowering caregivers to be savvy consumers of information about medication and effective collaborators with physicians prescribing medication for their child.

“Multisystemic Therapy for Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition” by Scott W. Henggeler, Sonja K. Schoenwald, Charles M. Borduin, Melisa D. Rowland, Phillippe B. Cunningham
from Multisystemic Therapy for Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition
by Scott W. Henggeler, Sonja K. Schoenwald, et. al.
Guilford Publications, 2009

Individually administered intelligence tests, achievement tests, and neuropsychological tests can be quite helpful in determining whether a bright child has ADD/ADHD or whether the behaviors simply reflect a gifted child without ADD/ADHD.

“Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders” by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb
from Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders
by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb
Great Potential Press, 2005

Valid and reliable assessment of ADHD is difficult; there is no single, definitive medical or psychological test that clearly distinguishes these children from others.

“Special Education in Contemporary Society, 4e – Media Edition: An Introduction to Exceptionality” by Richard M. Gargiulo
from Special Education in Contemporary Society, 4e – Media Edition: An Introduction to Exceptionality
by Richard M. Gargiulo
SAGE Publications, 2011

More often than not, children diagnosed with ADHD also meet criteria for other mental health disorders that may affect parenting and response to treatment.

“Assessment of Childhood Disorders, Fourth Edition” by Eric J. Mash, Russell A. Barkley
from Assessment of Childhood Disorders, Fourth Edition
by Eric J. Mash, Russell A. Barkley
Guilford Publications, 2009

This study demonstrated that useful functional analyses can be conducted for preschool children who are at risk for ADHD, but who have no other developmental delays.

“Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment” by Peter Sturmey
from Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment
by Peter Sturmey
Elsevier Science, 2011

Questionnaires and checklists that assess specific ADHD symptoms can clarify the diagnostic picture for both children and adults.

“Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders Across the Lifespan” by Stephanie M. Woo, Carolyn Keatinge
from Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders Across the Lifespan
by Stephanie M. Woo, Carolyn Keatinge
Wiley, 2016

In ADHD, diagnostic criteria require that symptoms are present before age 7 but clinical evidence clearly shows that ADHD-related behaviors often result in major impairments well before children reach school age.

“Rutter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” by Sir Michael J. Rutter, Sir Dorothy Bishop, Sir Daniel Pine, Sir Stephen Scott, Sir Jim S. Stevenson, Sir Eric A. Taylor, Sir Anita Thapar
from Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
by Sir Michael J. Rutter, Sir Dorothy Bishop, et. al.
Wiley, 2011

The reliability and validity of screening instruments for both childhood and adult ADHD are yet to be established.

“Principles of Addiction Medicine” by Richard K. Ries, Shannon C. Miller, David A. Fiellin
from Principles of Addiction Medicine
by Richard K. Ries, Shannon C. Miller, David A. Fiellin
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Most children with ADHD are diagnosed and treated by pediatricians, child psychiatrists, and child psychologists and are referred by parents and teachers with a high degree of suspicion for the diagnosis, generally requesting a trial of a stimulant, and usually these are patients without comorbidity.

“Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications” by Stephen M. Stahl, Nancy Muntner
from Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications
by Stephen M. Stahl, Nancy Muntner
Cambridge University Press, 2013

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  • I usually get distracted by making up stories in my head in class. (i’m being tested for ADHD) I make them up and pretend like it happened to me. I do it at night too. I talk to myself but like mouth the words. I pretend i’m a youtuber telling a story about my bullies as a kid, i pretend i am a kid with cancer telling my story of how i survived or sometimes i pretend that i’m telling a story of a school shooter or a murderer who came in my school. No of these things (Bullying too, i was never bullied just made fun of once or twice but not bullying) have every happened to me, although i tell them like there real. Half the time i get distracted in these stories and start rambling in my head about another thing that’s never happened to me. Sometimes when i’m distracted it’s by something in a YouTube video, like something normal but with a weird shape, and i image why it looked like that, “Wonder why they made the pillow look like that, maybe it’s more comfy that way? Or maybe it’s made for your back, yes, it’s probably made for your back so you can lay more comfortably”
    This is what goes on in my head.

  • I have all the symptoms and my mum wants me checked out cause I’m 13 and this has been happening since I was 8 or 9 but we can’t get checked out till the doctors can like see us face to face I have so much emotion and rlly hyper and when I get angry I hit like it’s just the first thing that happens when I’m in an emotion state but it’s hard to tell if it is adhd or something else so I just need to wait till I get checked out

  • My sister is getting tested for fragile X and so am I but I might also be getting a test for adhd/add but my mum isnt sure yet but I do have alot of the symptoms

  • I have adhd, I fear to tell this to my dad.

    He always scolds me for watching phone but everything happens in the phone. Everything

    I read books too but in my phone but he scolds me. I get stressed always.
    I want to be an author by he never takes it seriously

    Even if I tell him and we go to a doctor he might not believe it, he removed me from abacus classes which would have helped me
    My school teaches me 11 and 12 th grades even though I am a 13 year old

  • im 13 i believe i have adhd and i have for a while i used to make straight As but its gotten worse since i got into middle school and last year i was getting C D and Fs on my tests and im always fidgeting. i never can finish my homework during test i will look around at the room and when the teacher says 10 min warning i start my test and i always turn in my tests late and all my assignments i wait til the last minute to do

  • This is what happens when you give your kids a bunch of unneeded shots! Immunizations are bullshit you actually only need about five different shots my daughter has over 50 on a list of shots she’s had since she was a baby and she’s only 14

  • I believe my son has this but the doctors refuse to diagnose him after me and his two elementary school teachers stated he has these signs and all his daycares said the same. It is so hard going through this process doctors aren’t the same anymore ��

  • I dont know if i have ADHD i do like all of these things but I don’t know how to explain it to my parents they are 100% gonna say “its fine” and if I don’t have ADHD I might take the wrong medicine for something else

  • in 3rd grade is where I kinda found out. There was parent teacher conferences and my dad came, My teacher then said I dont pay attention and doodle in class to much. I was active and my dad brushed it off as “I like to draw and I’m just young and active” so I brushed it off like that too. My notebook was filled with drawings, doodles, and random writing. I couldn’t pay attention! and it got annoying. I am 12 years old now and I still think I may have ADD not ADHD because I’m not so active anymore or move so much but now I just struggle with paying attention, I space out in class or a conversation, I also still draw and doodle in class but I still think that’s from me just liking to draw. I am now scared to tell someone if I have ADD. I don’t live with my dad anymore and he has ADHD and my mom would probably say I’m trying to be quirky. It’s hard for me to read as well. I even spaced out while writing all this�� anyways if anyone is seeing this.. please give me some tips onto how I can tell my mom, thank you <3

  • Me seeing the little thing in the corner that pops up with another video and get totally distracted and having to go back in the video��

  • My nephew dont never keep still & hes always making noise & being rude��, iam convinced he has ADHD, but i still love him no matter what��

  • So people might think that I’m self diagnosing myself, but I’m not, I think I have ADHD or ADD because I can’t sit still in class, I can’t concentrate on one thing I get distracted and I am VERY fidgety, also I looked this video up because I’m curious �� (Edit: I have more of the symptoms I’m just not bothered to type them out)

  • I have sevier ADHD and turrets syndrome and I got so much hard work from the Corona virus break and my dad gave me six devotion and hold on press keep reading ok, so they also give me maltidelcation and it took me 5 hours to do 1 page my parents are stricken and everytime i ask for help they say no and then dad said idc if it takes you a month but I need to my home work and he was so mad at me I was crying the whole time and still not getting help he said half hour break I was so exited he got my hopes up and only gave me a 2 minute break and gave me more math and im only nine I mean just because I’m 9 and adopted and the youngest doesn’t mean I have to be treated like a slave like if they ask for something I do it but if I ask then they say no everytime me or my ferret does something wrong they blame it on me and get me in trouble and threaten to get rid of him and they say everything that happens is my fault and I ruin everything I touch and they never let me finish my sentence and there always yelling and the worst part is that they don’t do this to anyone������������������else

  • I’m diagnosed and this is everything of my life. I’ve been diagnosed since I was 8, now 19 and I stopped taking my medicine since I’m not in school anymore so it’s not entirely helpful to focus and it was exhausting taking my medication

  • I have ADHD I have it but I’m more quiet than others but I’m 10 but my uncle has ADHD I can handle not going crazy at school cause I’m 10

  • Im a child and i have i feeling i have adhd since i have a lot of those symptoms, but im not sure how to ask my parents to see for sure.

  • I was so hyperactive when I was young and the docs wanted to put me on meds my mom said nope ‘n I grew up fine turns out I was just extremely active and needed an outlet so I took up sports.. Track ‘n field…. Gave me something to focus on ‘n look forward to.. ‘n got plenty awards too

  • I’m convinced my 7 year old cousin has ADHD, he has almost all of these symptoms. He was once falsely diagnosed with autism also. He has sensory issues also. He is constantly getting in trouble at school. He got his folder signed every day for about a week. I don’t want to tell my aunt I think this, cause she just had a baby, and is dealing with a lot of stuff.

  • i pretty sure i have ADHD or ADD. i’m not sure though because my father was the same as a kid, and was tested for ADHD, and didn’t have it. i find it very hard to focus in school and find myself daydreaming and fidgeting with things all the time. i also find it super hard to get into anything (reading a book or watching a video that i’m not interested in. i’ll read it and hear it in my head but i just forget about it as soon as i think about it again.). i’m bored very easily too. i sometimes get hyper for no reason. i have other things too that i can’t really describe, i guess lol.

  • Is it possible to tell if a 2 yr old has adhd she is now 3 but certain things she does leads me to believe she may. Just a few examples she is constantly moving and talking literally flipping around in my lap every few seconds can’t focus on 1 thing very long including when she’s playing with her toys sometimes wont listen to anything I say. She is very young don’t want her on medication but don’t know if I should be worried so trying to do some research on it.

  • My adhd is the most common
    I drink coffee to calm my self down whenever I’m to hyper im only 8 to and I dont know if 8 year olds are supposed to have adhd I dont know if other kids have adhd
    But If i remember correctly I did think it was just me being super hyper active but one of my cousins said I have adhd and i wasn’t really concerned about it and just let it slide after staying indoors for months I was kinda tired of being….
    Inside like we’re all stuck at home like seriously like

    Like ya know what I’m saying.

    ANYways I gotta go

  • I have adhd but i havnt went to the docter and i was always bullied by peeps cause they think i was werid,dumb,annoying and stuff and one day i was mad at them and when my class was in her class i asked the teacher if i can move to the computer place and she said yes so i moved there and they continued to make jokes about me and i couldnt but cry cause they didnt understand me and i wanted it to end and my teacher was so mean to me she hated me for not doing my homework and not paying attention in class i wanted to go back to being a baby and start life all over again ������

  • I have ADHD and it isn’t that bad tbh, it just makes my school rlly entertaining bc I can’t control my behaviour so I just make everyone laugh���� #ClassClown

  • Treatment for Children with ADHD how you can best help your child Think medication is the only ADHD treatment? Learn about all the effective treatments and how you can best help your child.

  • Can’t focus on one thing is interesting. That’s probably why I’m a multitasker. However, I was “diagnosed” at age 5, but grew out of it at 13 years old. I was prescribed Ritalin & had to take two pills a day sometimes twice a day. I was miserable and felt like a zombie

  • I can never finish anything amd always procrasinate. I can watch a movie for 30 minutes and then get distracted and go on my phone for an hour. My thoughts are all over the place. “Ew this tastes like rubber! Maple syrup tree?” Sometimes I just cant sit still. Especially at night when im trying to sleep. I do impulsive things like dragging my sister out of the room if she wont be quiet. Yes, I got in huge trouble for that. I zone out a lot but if I need to, I am able to focus on things like school.
    Im really bored right now. Im hot. I had a dream I hot my ears repierced. Bye.

  • Why instead of giving them treatment why aren’t their classes/ schools based around ADHD/ Disabilities instead of giving them drugs doctors are just licensed drug dealers.

  • I had ADHD as a kid I have really embarrassing videos of me playing with myself brother I screamed a lot not a normal scream I had my own unique scream I sound like a bird eagle or something it’s so embarrassing lol but it’s ok I was just a kid so no Big deal

  • When you ADHD but can’t get hype and don’t have to take pills cus nothing cool or hype isn’t happening also have you seen the new nvm I forgot what I was saying

  • Hey everyone! Hope this helps. I’ll be here responding to comments / questions if you have any.

    Also, what would you like to know about ADHD for your children? Just let me know using the form here (more in depth): or in the comments below.

    I’ll compile the most popular answers and start making them from there ��

  • I almost got hit by a car yesterday because I only checked one side of the road. I also went like 2 years without knowing megalovaia had a middle part that got really quiet and then loud again because I’ve never listened that far ����

  • I think I might have adhd, it runs on my dads side but when i opened up about it to my mom she said “you’re fine you dont have it you’re not hyper” She dont know about the other types of adhd and I want to get help if I have it

  • I was never tested or said i have ADD but I can never focus on one thing, zone out when someones talking to me, I fidget all the time and I can never get things done.

  • I literally know I have adhd but my mom thinks it’s fake and won’t let me get checked out, I have all the signs. I just want to get help,

  • Im 99% sure my brother has type 2 ADHD but my parents always say “his behaviour is normal for his age” and i stare at them urging to ask if they even know what “normal” behaviour is:/

  • I have ADHD and I’m fine even though I just don’t pay attention in class but yeah that’s it literally it but I don’t know sometimes ADHD can be hard because your mood can switch really easily like I get mad really easily and sad really easily with a normal and happy but I’m a dumb ass

  • Ik I have ADHD bc my mom told me but while watching this I felt bad for myself to haft to live like this it’s hard to control myself ����

  • ADHD kids and kids in general need to have more activity in school. What’s so bad bout a child not wanting to sit and read a book they are not interested in for 1 hour because the teacher assigns it. More freedom in choice and more activity benefits all students to explore their creativity and stay happy and healthy. I would always want to get up and leave class to walk around because I was bored. Not because I was a trouble maker. Being labeled a trouble maker for wanting to move around, is what’s actually hurting children’s self esteem, not having adhd.

  • In my opinion you don’t have to drug your children up on drugs to treat ADHD. My son has ADHD and we have found that counseling and therapy work. Also his engagement in baseball basketball and swimming help him to get out his energy and stay focused on such activities!

  • So like I just turned 18 and my parents now told me they think I have adhd I use to be super hyper as a child but I mellowed out but I have major difficulty concentrating so I’m just here to see if There right

  • I really don’t know if I have ADHD, I don’t get distracted that easily in class but I do have trouble following directions, I have a lack of focus, and I get in trouble often.

    Like= I do have ADHD
    Reply= I don’t have ADHD

  • I just randomly skipped through this whole video, the words bored me, i learned nothing, i think she was speaking Spanishh, shirt looks like power Rangers. Phone drop, out

  • So it couldn’t be the case that he is exhibiting the symptoms of being a curious 6 year old kid who is engaging with the world around him, and who doesn’t want to be bogged down in pointless unnecessary office-cubicle-slavery training, by doing all this pointless and unhelpful busy-work to ensure his full compliance as an order-taking slave in the future, during perhaps the most stimulating time in human-history? Seriously, who needs to be medicated here? I’m thinking the adults. They need a solid dose of common-sense to be taken as a big suppository.

  • Can someone tell me if I have ADHD? I have some symptoms let me tell you them.

    So I’m not hyper at all.
    Normally for my brother it takes like 45 to do his homework to a hour, for me its like 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes to sometimes 2 hours.
    Doing math is hard for me to concentrate and focus on it, like the first page of homework is okay sorta but then i start getting trouble focusing on like the 2nd page and my mom is always fustrated.
    I do move around a lot in my seat and mess around when doing math (also why am I saying math only? because its the hardest out of them all)
    I tend to forgot easily, like where my remote went or what school work I have. or to clean my room.
    I tend to get distracted by something else in the room and end up completely fading out the teachers voices like I did today.
    I don’t really like reading and its a bit harder for me to read. but I’m not dyslexic for sure.
    I get bored with reading, or listening to the teacher.
    also my mom swears my dad has ADD because he does similar things to me. But it’s only a mom self diagnoises (idk how to spell it)

    Thanks! hopefully you can help.

  • Every school had those few psycho ADHD kids that would go ape shit and flip desks or swear at the teacher. They always made school entertaining and were crazy fun to hang with. I’m still best friends with one of them kids 20 years later and would catch a bullet for him. It was kind of sad to see him drugged in a zombie state, hanging out for the weekend until he didn’t have to take kiddie speed. I wish I was a bit more understanding of his ADHD back then. I always kind of saw it as a bit of an excuse to get away with stuff but as time went on, I learnt how challenging ADHD really is.

  • Sometimes there are too many labels on every spectrum. I find that using their strengths and having a clean diet and healthy positive relationships with people is the best.

  • My doctor already diagnosed me with adhd was just double checking to make sure that I’m not just retarded. Yep have all if them everyday. What a life.

  • 15 pages of homework!!! wtf is going on here? 8 hrs a day of school 5 days a week isn’t enough? Something doesn’t add up the school system is broken.

  • I was diagnosed with ADHD, but my parents refused to put me on medication because they believed it a total nonsense, cause they grew up in the 70s and 80s and they seen kids with that behavior in their time. They once told me kids mature when they reach to adulthood, so it depends how parents raise their kids.

    Also my parents disciple me, and I have mature and now I’m in college studying Physiology.

  • Oh boy, don’t get me started with ADHD my dad says oh I do on purpose so I wouldn’t have to do anything but really I have REALLY BAD ADHD but THANK GOD for my Teachers that understand me

  • I have adhd. Its really hard to focus in class and really hard to do homework.
    Doing a test is hard and i always take super long to do it. (Im always the last to finish anything in general) i have really low self esteem and have slight anxiety. I still live my life and im a happy guy. Never give up no matter what u guys have.

  • My mom knows I have it but doesnt do anything about it so its harder for me at school because the teachers think I’m just acting out

  • Please don’t self diagnose.I’m a middle schooler diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).Yes i did lose my friends and never really wanted them anymore.So if you think you have these symptoms talk to your doctor and go from there:)

  • Please research more into giving your child ADHD medications before actually using them, i tried different ADHD medication when i was young and it completely abolished any ability to have a proper social life or understand who i was in any way whatsoever besides what benefited my academic life, i personally cannot recommend any ADHD medication whatsoever.. not meaning you still shouldn’t research them.

  • got bored here is a story

    i was the yes the but the what but i tink yes but ur a little piss baby �� canceled i is the hat u but i is the no but ABCDEFJHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

  • I’m a freshman in highschool, I’ve struggled in school even if I didn’t show it in elementary school my whole life, I was given the title of a gifted kid, I would always have to fidget and shake my leg, finally my mom connected the dots and realized every teacher at my conferences said I have trouble focusing and she’s finally considering helping and finally getting me medication that I’ve been thinking I could really use for years

  • 15!?!?!?!?!? whatttt im about to finish high school and i cant even finish 5 in one sit down without getting up or doing something else

  • Yeah the medication thing does not work on all kids. My son has tried so many prescriptions and they only make things worse. starts acting even more impulsive. Rolling on the floor, pica, suicidal thoughts/speech, incoherent noises. And some of these additional tips are laughable in my situation too. Preferential seating at school?: he’s just going to get up and run around the class no matter where you sit him.