When is referral to an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) specialist necessary in the management of pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Sep 09, 2021
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Referral to an ADHD (ADD) specialist, clinic, and/or a psychiatrist or a behavioral developmental pediatrician

The patient may or may not be well known and may have a family member with ADHD (ADD) but no coexistent conditions whose condition. However, the clinician feels the patient must be questioned further about ADHD or coexistent conditions.

The patient may or may not be well known and may have no family history of ADHD (ADD) but has a concerning family history of a mood or anxiety disorder.

The patient may or may not be well known and perhaps has other family members with ADHD (ADD) whose condition is stabilized by medications without problems with coexistent conditions; however, ADHD (ADD) cannot be diagnosed and/or coexistent conditions cannot be ruled out with confidence.


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