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ADD/ADHD Treatment

Can a neurologist diagnose and treat ADHD?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    A neurologist, a brain and nervous system specialist, can diagnose and treat ADHD. In fact, kids with ADHD symptoms are often sent to a neurologist or a developmental pediatrician to find out if the symptoms are from ADHD or from some other medical problem in the brain. Once a diagnosis is made, neurologists, psychiatrists, or developmental pediatricians can prescribe ADHD medications and monitor and/or adjust them as needed.

  • A neurologist is able to diagnose and treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Because neurologists are medical doctors, they can perform medical tests, verifying that your ADHD symptoms are not caused by an underlying medical condition. They can also prescribe medications for ADHD treatment. Some behavioral specialists, like psychologists, are unable to prescribe medications.

    However, there is one downside of seeing a neurologist for ADHD treatment. Neurologists cannot offer behavioral therapies or counseling for ADHD. If you are interested in these therapies, you will need to visit a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed therapist for those services.
  • ADarshan Shah, MD, Neurology, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    Neurologists can diagnose and treat ADHD however it is best to be under the care of a psychiatrist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
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