ADHD

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Posted by: | 2017/08/16

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Objectivity and honesty on ADHD rating questionnaire.

Child aged 7 currently being evaluated for ADHD. We live in a small town - How can we be certain that the people requested to complete these forms are being honest and objective? Their answers differ quite drastically, with the one who has been nagging for these tests being very biased. That individual is at the same institution where the child was last year. There was obvious negativity, dislike, irritation from that educator. None of the parents or grand parents can fathom what anyone did to this person to cause this animosity. Which medical professional is the best for this type of evaluation? Thank you for your time.

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert
- 2017/08/21

I suggest that you consult a paediatric neurologist or psychiatrist, or you could start with an assessment by an educational psychologist. Correct and accurate information is very important when evaluating a patient and making the correct diagnosis. Bear in mind that a child's behaviour may differ from situation to situation (e.g. one teacher may have a completely different experience than another).

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2017/08/24

Hi we had a similar situation, my daughter's Grade 1 teacher told us she had ADHD and filled in the form, we also filled in the form, and then later her teacher went on maternity leave and the teacher who filled in for her also filled in the form. This second teacher's comments were very different from the first teacher, she was older and much more experienced and she really didn't think that our daughter's acting out in class was any more remarkable than any of the other children in the Grade 1 class. I would be very careful though because it seemed that the doctor believed the worst of everything, she seemed to look for worst case scenario, and we were reluctantly persuaded to try her on medication which was a complete disaster. In our opinion there is no scientific basis to the diagnosis and our daughter would have been better off if we had ignored the first teacher and the doctor and trusted our instincts. Don't let them push you around.

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