ATTENTION-DEFICIT / HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) involves a child’s inability to adequately focus and/or to control motor activities to a developmentally appropriate level.  It is essential to note that the symptoms must be present before the age of 12, in order to assign an ADHD diagnosis, in accordance with the DSM-5 criteria.  As a result of a comprehensive ADHD evaluation, it is recommended for some children to be seen by a psychiatrist.  A physician makes the final determination of whether or not to prescribe psychotropic medications for the child.  Often, ADHD evaluations involve clinical interviews with the child & parents, psychological testing, extensive record review, completion of psychological check-lists by third-party individuals (such as a teacher), and contact with collateral sources.