Diagnosing ADHD in children
Diagnosing ADHD and ADD in children is often complicated; finding a clinician with experience of ADHD is really important.
The symptoms and signs of ADHD can vary hugely between children. Some children show classic signs of hyperactivity, other children appear to be quite calm but struggle immensely to pay attention and stay focussed on a task or at school.
Other conditions such as dyslexia, brain damage, thyroid dysfunction and language issues can also cause some of the common symptoms and signs of ADHD.
These factors can make it hard for parents to know whether their child has ADHD or something else. It can be a very worrying and frustrating time when you suspect that something is different about your child, but you may not be sure what, what help to seek or what can be done.
Clinical Partners can help.
Our team of clinical advisors are all clinically trained and have years of experience of helping families like yours.
You can talk to one of our clinical advisors for free. They will be able to advise you on what options might be best and arrange a private assessment with one of our child and adolescent psychiatrists, often within a few days.
Call 020 3761 7026 to speak to someone today.
Early diagnosis helps in the long term
ADHD does not cause other conditions but research has found that children with ADHD are more likely to suffer with other conditions in childhood, as adolescents and as adults such as:
- Learning disabilities
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Conduct disorder
- Physical injuries – children with ADHD are more likely to engage in risky behaviours
- Substance misuse
An assessment for ADHD will look at whether there are other conditions present that might need support or treatment.
About 30%1 of all children with ADHD will go on to experience ADHD in adulthood. Adult ADHD can be effectively managed and many with the condition lead successful, fulfilling lives. Without diagnosis the risk of serious conditions such as depression, difficulties holding down relationships and employment, criminal behaviour and substance abuse are increased.
You can talk to one of our qualified clinical advisors today about whether an assessment for ADHD might be suitable for your child. Please call 020 3761 7026 or contact us to request a call back.
1 William J, Barbaresi RC, et al Mortality, ADHD and psychosocial adversity in adults with childhood ADHD: A prospective study Paeds 2013; 131:4 637-644