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Only healthcare professionals can officially diagnose ADHD.

One (or more) of the following types of healthcare professional could be involved in the process:

There are four main steps which a child psychiatrist or paediatrician will use

1. The healthcare professional will look for alarm signals:

They will exclude ADHD look-alikes, such as:

3. T
hey may also use some objective pointers towards diagnosis:

Detailed history

 Process for Diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder