What Tests Are Done to Check for ADHD
There is no singular diagnostic or psychological test that is used to diagnose ADHD. Instead, experts use a variety of tests that take both your past and present symptoms into consideration for a comprehensive and reliable diagnosis. ADHD is typically diagnosed when symptoms effect a person’s day-to-day life for longer than 6 months. These symptoms include heightened levels of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsiveness that are atypical when compared to age-appropriate levels.
In addition to monitoring and assessing current symptoms, a mental health specialist may also conduct interviews with close friends and/or family members, perform psychological and physiological testing to rule out other medical conditions and use questionnaires and rating scales to formulate an accurate diagnosis.