In September, Voices in ADHD asked:
“At what age was your child diagnosed with ADHD, and who made the diagnosis?”
Below are three InsideADHD subscribers’ unique experiences in response to this question:
“I am the father of eight-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age six, by a pediatric psychologist after an extensive neuropsychological evaluation. My daughter was just diagnosed in the same manner. I also have five and a half year old twin boys. One of them was diagnosed with ADHD at age four by the pediatric psychiatrist, and the diagnosis was just confirmed recently by the pediatric psychologist, again, after an extensive neuropsychological evaluation.”
“I am a 28-year-old male. When I was 25, I finally decided to talk to someone because I suspected that I was having symptoms of ADD. My primary care physician referred me to a psychiatrist, who asked me a series of thorough questions, to see which ADD symptoms I experienced, and how severely they affected me. The psychiatrist used this information and her clinical judgment to diagnose me with ADD-I (inattentive subtype). I’m so glad I got help.”
“My fifth grade son’s school principal recommended that he get educationally tested. We contacted several psychologists, who performed a variety of tests which didn’t really reveal any useful information. Finally, another psychologist contacted me and my son’s doctor, and said that he thinks my son may have ADD-I (inattentive subtype). After more testing, he and my son’s pediatrician agreed on my son’s diagnosis and both recommended that he try medication to see if it works.”
When were you or your child diagnosed with ADHD, and who made the diagnosis? Click here to respond.