By Kristin Stanberry
Are you preparing to have your child evaluated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD)? If so, you may be aware that there is currently no medical test available to diagnose the condition. Much of your child's assessment will be based on information you, your spouse, caregivers, and teachers provide. You will be asked specific questions about your child's health, behavior, and school performance. Your answers will greatly assist the doctor in making a correct diagnosis.
To prepare for the evaluation, take a holistic (whole) view of your child. ADHD can cause behavior that appears inattentive, impulsive, or hyperactive - or any combination of these. But there are many other conditions and situations that can cause behavior that "looks like" ADHD. When you give the doctor a holistic view of your child, he may then pinpoint problems other than ADHD. Below are some factors to think about before you see the doctor.
An over-tired child may have trouble staying awake and focused. Ask yourself these questions:
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