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Asked by DEPPRESSMOM4 at 7:05 PM on Apr. 5, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • Most children actually have ADD or ADHD and it more depends on their focus and their activity that determines it! PS most 2 and up children are hyper already and your doctor will say he/she has it just because their more active than the other kids.

    Answer by HypoHeartBaby at 7:08 PM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • in the uk the school fill out a sheet and you fill out the sheet plus the doctor checks all medical history before making a decision and they wont even look at your kid till there 5+


    Answer by feralkitten at 7:11 PM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • They can't!! They need to actually SEE and EXAMINE your child!! Plus you should be asked to fill out lengthy questionnaires about your child's history, behaviors, and frequency incidences. If your child is a school a school report should also be included.

    Doctor's currently use the DSM-IV to determine WHERE on the scale of ADD/ADHD your child falls. There are very specific classifications and a point scale awarded for each area, that when totaled give an overall score which is then plotted on a chart to determine the severity. 

    ADD/ADHD will be added to the Autism "Umbrella" when the DSM-V comes out in May 2013.


    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:45 PM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • It is more than just looking at a sheet of paper. The paper test is given to atleast 2 teachers in different subject areas,the parent also gets one. The doctor looks at the scores, talks to the parents and child and make a diagnosis. Almost EVERY mental health disorder is done without an exam or other medical testing. It is done by symptoms over an extended period of time..atleast 6 months or more.

    Also, the school can NOT diagnosis a child with ANY disorder, EVER.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:00 PM on Apr. 5, 2011

  • It should be made by a PSYCHIATRIST ONLY and never on a child under 5 or by a Dr who has seen the child for less then2 hours which usually means 2-4 office visits

    Answer by MELRN at 9:38 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

  • When my son was diagnosed for ADHD...
    He was 10.
    We had spent several years before now testing him at the school and also with a child pschologist.
    When everything else was ruled out....his pediatrican (who specializes in mental disorders) sent a conors test to my sons for each teacher he currently has to fill out. Then I filled one out from home. The school psychologist as well. The test came to the conclusion that my son has ADHD.
    I don't know how a sheet of paper can give a diagnoses..but I know a series of tests and questionairres for the people working with the child can.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 2:26 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

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