Screening for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Screening for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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The purpose of screening is to detect a disorder before there are symptoms so it can be treated at an earlier stage. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.

At this time, there are no tests to detect ADHD before symptoms begin and no screening guidelines for ADHD.


Attention Deficit Information Network website. Available at: .

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Available at:

Learning Disabilities Association of America website. Available at: .

National Center for Learning Disabilities website. Available at: .

National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: .

Last reviewed April 2007 by Janet Greenhut, MD, MPH

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