How a diagnosis is made
•According to the DSM for an ADHD diagnosis to be made the following will need to apply to your child
•There are more than 6 symptoms of Inattention and/or Hyperactivity-impulsivity displayed continuously after 6 months at a minimum (See Signs and Symptoms Blog)
•These symptoms must have been present in at least 2 different settings such as home and school
•Must show that these symptoms are actually impairing the way in which the individual is functioning, whether it be in their social life, academic life, or family life
•And that the symptoms that are identified are not linked to any other form of mental disorder.
•So it is not easy to be diagnosed with ADHD; a lot of other conditions have to be ruled out and it has to be persistent.