ADHDADHD Diagnosis

Let's Talk About How ADHD Is Diagnosed

There's no single test that can determine if you or your child has ADHD, but we'll help you get the answers you’re seeking.

    Our Pro PanelADHD Diagnosis

    We went to some of the top experts in ADHD to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
    Richmond, VA

    Rosemarie Manfredi, Psy.D.Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist

    Neurodevelopmental Assessment and Consulting, LLC
    Bensalem, PA

    Sharon Saline, Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

    Northampton, MA

    Frequently Asked QuestionsADHD Diagnosis

    How do I know if I have ADHD?

    You may suspect ADHD if, perhaps, you’re often late; disorganized; restless; or have trouble staying on task. It’s true that all of those things may point to ADHD, but the only way to know for sure is to turn to your general practitioner or a mental health pro for further guidance.

    How is ADHD diagnosed?

    First, there should be a physical exam to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing ADHD-like symptoms. Next comes a comprehensive evaluation, which, essentially, involves a lot of interviews, checklists, observations, questionnaires; as well as possible psychological testing.

    Is there a test for ADHD?

    Unfortunately, there’s no easy blood test or scan that can identify ADHD. And those questionnaires and quizzes you find online aren’t going to diagnose you, either. Instead, clinicians use a comprehensive evaluation (or assessment) to pinpoint an ADHD diagnosis. Here, experts go about gathering a plethora of info from a variety of sources to determine a diagnosis.

    Where should I go for an ADHD diagnosis?

    It’s a good idea to make an appointment with a trained professional, starting with your general practitioner or a therapist, if you are seeing one. From there, you may be referred to a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, a psychiatrist, or a clinical social worker for further testing.

    Holly Pevzner

    Holly Pevzner


    Holly Pevzner is a health writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including EatingWell and Prevention.