ADDults with ADHD sends out several Information Packs every week to people who contact the Helpline looking for information or referral to a professional. You may have seen some of the material on an information table at one of our Annual Conferences or at an Awareness Afternoon.
The fact sheets are often reviewed to ensure that they remain up-to-date, relevant and authoritative. This year a major revision project has produced two modern fact sheets. Two further titles in the same format will be completed over the next couple of months.
Fact sheet titles available for download:
ADHD can only be diagnosed by a qualified health professional. For an adult that would be a psychologist or psychiatrist trained to recognise ADHD. For a child a paediatrician trained to recognise ADHD might make the diagnosis. A full history and evaluation is carried out and symptoms are checked against a set of diagnostic criteria. DSM-5 is the latest standard.
A range of tests to exclude other causes of symptoms, eg hearing and sight, should be carried out before ADHD is diagnosed.
It is vital that an accurate diagnosis is made so the most effective treatment and support can be provided.