Who Can Diagnose and Treat ADHD?

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
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    When seeking a diagnosis of ADHD, many time people don't know where to start or what to expect of the process. It would be easy if there were a blood test that could pinpoint ADHD or other mental disorders, but there isn't. Instead, there are a series of assessments medical professionals use to determine if ADHD is present.

     

    Many people begin the process with their family physician. Sometimes, this doctor may be informed about ADHD and be able to complete the process. Sometimes, your physician may refer you to a mental health professional for an evaluation.

     

    There are several different types of medical professionals that may make a diagnosis of ADHD:

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    Psychiatrists

     

     

    Psychologists

     

    • Able to diagnose ADHD
    • Cannot prescribe medication
    • Can offer counseling or behavior training

     

    Pediatricians/Family Physicians

     

    • Able to diagnose ADHD
    • Can prescribe medication
    • Cannot offer counseling or behavior training

     

    Neurologists

     

    • Able to diagnose ADHD
    • Can prescribe medication
    • Cannot offer counseling or behavior training

     

    Clinical Social Workers

     

    • Able to diagnose ADHD
    • Cannot prescribe medication
    • Can offer counseling or behavior training

     

    No matter which health professional you choose to work with, it is important to choose one that has experience and training in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, and more specifically, the experience in treating either adult or child ADHD, based on your situation.

     

    Although some individuals may feel uncomfortable questioning a medical professional about qualifications and past experience, it is an acceptable practice to speak to the doctor before setting an appointment and asking questions to determine if they are a good match for you.

Published On: April 14, 2008