There are many reasons that a child or adolescent may be unsuccessful at school or in social relationships, just as there are many reasons that adults may be unsuccessful in education, work, social relationships, or family life. ADHD is one possible reason, but not the only one. For this reason, any evaluation for possible ADHD should include screening for environmental problems and for other learning or psychiatric disorders that may be causing or complicating the symptoms presented as possible ADHD. The Brown ADD Diagnostic Form in versions for children, adolescents, and adults all include guidelines to assist clinicians in checking for pos sible additional disorders. The implications of these additional disorders for understanding ADHD are discussed in Chapter 8.
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