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    Is there a biological test that can diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in a child? If not, what does the information gathering process entail in determining a diagnosis?

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    1. Is there a biological test that can diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in a child? If not, what does the information gathering process entail in determining a diagnosis?

    First, if ADHD is suspected, the child should be carefully screened for the condition by a physician. Since there is still no biological test that can identify ADHD, a series of evaluations are required to make an accurate diagnosis.

    A complete physical examination by a physician is necessary to make sure the child doesn't have hearing or vision problems, allergies, eczema, or epilepsy - all of which can cause symptoms similar to ADHD.

    The physician will also study the child's medical history to see whether an earlier experience such as childhood disease or injury, or prenatal exposure to toxins, may have caused ADHD. The child may also need to be examined by a neurologist, child psychologist, or other health ...

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    This solution explains the information gathering process entailed in the assessment process in determining a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in a child. To date, there is no biological test to make the diagnosis of ADHD.

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