There is no single test used to diagnose attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – no blood tests, or psychological tests or medical/neurological examinations that are unique enough to confirm ADHD as the diagnosis. When doctors order tests, they are usually looking for another problem that is complicating the picture or could interfere with treatment.
At present, the diagnosis is made by taking a careful history and, whenever possible, getting information from many sources including parents and teachers. In addition, behavior checklists are helpful in making the diagnosis.
Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK, has an array of services for those suffering from ADHD. To determine if your child has ADHD, an initial assessment/screening will be conducted by Laureate professionals. The initial assessment/screening includes developmental and academic history, behavior-rating scales based on input from parents and teachers, as well as a child and parent interview.
If additional testing is required, a psychological evaluation can be performed. The type of evaluation depends upon the diagnostic questions for example, determining if the problem is ADHD and another disorder such as anxiety.
Learn More About ADHD Services at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
Please call the Outpatient Clinic with questions, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 918-491-3700. Laureate Hospital is available 24 hours/7 days for all emergencies at 918-481-4000.