Deciding whether someone has ADHD requires careful assessment and determination by a specialist, usually a paediatrician or psychiatrist, and is based on extensive data of developmental, learning, social and behavioural areas, drawn from a range of sources. The parent’s input is critical for an accurate diagnosis. Tests which can be used include psychological tests such as the WISC_R and the Connors Rating Scale.
Healthcare professionals use criteria guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (DSM-5), to help diagnose ADHD. You can click here to view the criteria in a shortened form for your information. Please note, only trained healthcare professionals can diagnose or treat ADHD.
For more information please contact the ADHD Association.