How are Attention Disorders Diagnosed?

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How was your child diagnosed with ADD/ADHD ?
- Direct Observational Technique,
- Behavioral Rating Scales,
Do you believe your child has a Mental Disorder?
The DSM-IV code 314 ADHD - Inattention
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
The DSM is maintained by the American Psychiatric Association to diagnose and assign insurance codes for billing purposes.
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Young Al's overworked and short tempered teacher lost his patience with the child's persistent questioning and relatively self centered behavior. Mr. Engle made no secret of his belief that the youngster might be mentally unstable.
(A) Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
(B) Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
(C) Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
(D) Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)
(E) Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
(F) Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)
(G) Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
(H) Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
(I) Is often forgetful in daily activities.
. how your child feels being told there is something wrong with him/her when he/she is just being active or is bored or not paying attention or lacks comprehension ?
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How are Attention Disorders Diagnosed?
Imagine being a parent of a young child and receiving a note from your school instructing you to take your child to their pediatrician for evaluation. In this note from the school is a checklist for you to take to the doctor. The school officials have diagnosed your child as possibly having ADHD. They make this diagnosis because your child makes careless mistakes on homework, does not follow through on instructions, fails to finish schoolwork, has difficulty organizing tasks, looses things, and is forgetful in daily activities. When you take your child to your doctor, instead of blood tests and a thorough medical evaluation, you have a conversation about the school's checklist and leave a few minutes later with …
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Were you told that ADD/ADHD is a Mental Disorder?

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U.S. Congressional Hearing on ADD/ADHD
Statement of the Honorable Dan Burton