ADHD - Don’t be so quick to diagnose

ADHD - Don’t be so quick to diagnose
11 September 2017
The stigma around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often looms large in the school classroom or playground. But, as more and more adults are now also being diagnosed with ADHD, it’s become even more urgent to put an end to the stigma.

Figuring out the facts
Nobody can diagnose you, or your child, as having ADHD, unless they’re a medical doctor. Even more importantly, an ADHD diagnosis is not a simple, one-step, procedure. If you’re concerned about your child, ask their teacher if they think there is any reason for concern – teachers can provide insights into your child’s daily life that you may not be aware of, particularly in terms of how they cope in the classroom. But, of course, teachers are not doctors. Instead, ADHD is diagnosed through a multi-step process that may involve your doctor, a psychiatrist, learning disability specialist, and more. Your child will be assessed in multiple settings, so ascertain if they do indeed have ADHD, and the team of specialists will coordinate their findings, rather than just making an outright diagnosis on their own.

Adult ADHD
Statistically, adult diagnoses of ADHD seem to be escalating, but that can be attributed to a higher awareness of the condition, rather than an actual increase in the prevalence of it. Many reports now exist of parents recognising symptoms in themselves, only after their children have been diagnosed. Of course, it has been discovered that some cases of ADHD can be linked to a genetic predisposition. And if a parent has been diagnosed with ADHD, their child has a fifty percent chance of having it too.  

Where to go for help
If you are concerned about your child’s wellbeing or educational progress, it’s best to begin with a visit to your family doctor. The same rule applies if you are wondering if you feel you may be diagnosed with ADHD, or recognise some of the symptoms within yourself. If you’re looking for further reading, resources or advice, you can visit:

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