Talking With Your Teen's Doctor

When it’s time to meet with your teen’s doctor, will you feel prepared? Whether it’s your teen’s first appointment to get assessed for ADHD, or your teen already has a treatment plan, this ADHD Doctor Discussion Guide can help you:

  • Gather information for the doctor on your teen’s symptoms
  • Think about what you and your teen want to ask at the appointment
  • Engage your teen in the conversation

Start by printing a paper copy of the guide or downloading a digital version to a mobile device — whatever works best for you. Then, before you see the doctor, complete each section of the guide and bring it with you to discuss during your teen's appointment. After you’ve seen the doctor, create a fresh version of the guide to track your teen’s symptoms on a regular basis. Bring this updated guide to all future apointments. It may help the doctor better understand your teen’s current symptoms.

ADHD Doctor Discussion Guide

ADHD Symptom Checklist

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that shows itself as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that is inconsistent with developmental level and interferes with functioning or development. The ADHD Symptom Checklist is a tool to let the doctor know what ADHD symptoms your teen may be experiencing. It may be helpful to:

  • Record your own observations
  • Ask for input from teachers and family members who know your teen well
  • Have your teen complete a checklist and then compare notes

You can use the ADHD Symptom Checklist at your teen’s first visit with the doctor, and during follow up visits, to help the doctor understand how your teen is doing while on treatment.

The more information the doctor has about your teen, the better able he or she can evaluate symptoms, correctly diagnose your teen, and determine an appropriate course of action.

Please note, this checklist is not a diagnostic tool. Only a doctor or other trained health care professional can diagnose ADHD.

Symptoms of inattention
in the past 6 months
Affect my teen during
School Home Social Settings

Careless mistakes/lack of attention to details

Lack of sustained attention

Poor listening

Failure to follow through on tasks

Poor Organization

Often avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort

Losing things

Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli or unrelated thoughts

Forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity in the past 6 months Affect my teen during
School Home Social Settings

Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat

Often leaves seat in situatons when remaining seated is expected

Often runs or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate

Difficulty with quiet activities

“On the go”

Excessive talking

Blurting out answers

Inability to wait turn

Intrusive



Questions for Your Teen’s Doctor

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Many parents say it helps to know what to ask the doctor before the actual appointment. Start with these questions and add your own to the list. Ask if your teen has any questions for the doctor. Time may be limited with the doctor, so you may want to decide which ones are most important to ask and focus on those.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ADHD








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QUESTIONS ABOUT VYVANSE (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)

If your teen has been diagnosed with ADHD, here are some questions you might ask the doctor about Vyvanse. Drug treatment may not be appropriate for all patients with ADHD.

  • Is Vyvanse an option for my teen?
  • How may Vyvanse help with my teen’s ADHD symptoms?
  • Who should not take Vyvanse?
  • What important safety information should I know about Vyvanse?
  • What are common side effects of Vyvanse?
  • What time of day should Vyvanse be taken?
  • Does my teen need to take Vyvanse every day? Are there times when it’s OK to stop taking it?
  • Can Vyvanse be taken with other medications?
  • How do you know if Vyvanse is working?

Tips For Your Teen’s Appointment

FIRST VISIT

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Involve your teen at every step of the process.





More tips for your teen’s appointment.





FOLLOW-UP VISIT

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Keeping your teen involved.



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