How to Get an Accurate Diagnosis for Your or Your Child

Part of the
Holistic Approach to ADHD Series

Attention: Adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD. If you wonder if you or your child have ADHD or if you wonder what makes your ADHD symptoms worse, here’s the answer to all your questions.


Finally recognizing exactly what the symptoms of ADHD are;

Understanding the most effective approach to get an accurate diagnosis for ADHD;

Knowing how to determine if the symptoms you are concerned about are really symptoms of ADHD;

Knowing what makes ADHD symptoms even worse;

Understanding essential steps involved in getting an accurate diagnosis;

Feeling confident that you are doing absolutely everything possible to effectively deal with ADHD.

Finally, an easy to use holistic approach to help you get an accurate diagnosis for yourself or your child even if you have already tried everything else.

Dear Adult with ADHD or Parent of a Child with ADHD,

Do you lie awake at night worrying that you or your child will be a failure in life because you or your child’s brain just seems to work differently?  Are you afraid that the symptoms you or your child experience might be ADHD?  Are you wondering how to get an accurate diagnosis?  Are you concerned that you have never been quite satisfied with the way the diagnosis you may have been given already was done? Do you wonder if the diagnosis correct?  Are you concerned that you don’t know why the symptoms get worse sometimes?  Do you wonder what else besides ADHD might be causing the symptoms?

I’ve been where you are. Before I became a psychotherapist I went through this process with my own daughter who was suspected of having ADHD in first grade but wasn’t diagnosed until ADHD third grade. It took over two years to finally get a diagnosis that made sense.  I dealt with a teacher that was not aware of how inattentive my daughter was and how much she was missing in class. I watched as my daughter struggled to stay focused long enough to get her homework done.  I experienced her anger and frustration when she forgot to bring her assignment home or when she couldn’t find something in her room.  I saw her work twice as hard as most to get everything done. I discovered that eating artificial colors or sugar made her hyperactivity much worse and that drinking milk led to intense behavioral outbursts.  I learned first hand how it feels to love a child so deeply, yet be frustrated and angry at them at the same time.

Over the past twenty plus years in my private practice, I’ve seen the struggles that adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD endure.  I can’t count how many adults have shown up in my office after spending thirty or forty years dealing with symptoms of ADHD and not knowing what it was.  Most of them felt very anxious, stressed, depressed and guilty because of the difficulties they experienced with concentration, task completion, work, school, and relationships  If only that had been able to get an accurate diagnosis years earlier, their lives would have been so much easier.

And parents are often at their wits end trying to help their child who has symptoms that might be ADHD.  It is not uncommon during the process of gathering enough information to accurately diagnose ADHD to discover other factors that contribute to symptoms such as food sensitivities, sleep problems, head injuries, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, seizures and so much more.

little girl jumping on bedDo you or your child have trouble with:

  • trying to focus for any length of time
  • concentration
  • sitting still
  • organization
  • success at school or work
  • relationships
  • impulsivity
  • feeling guilty and not good enough?

Do you or your child struggle to:

  • get things done on time
  • remember what you are supposed to be doing
  • manage emotions
  • counteract depression and anxiety that so often accompanies ADHD
  • get to bed on time?

You are not alone!

Did you know that research indicates that between 8-10% of school-aged children have ADHD and approximately 4% of adults? Up to 60% of children with ADHD will become adults with ADHD. Despite the huge prevalence of ADHD, ADHD is often missed and commonly over diagnosed.

ADHD is being diagnosed at an alarming rate. But is it always truly ADHD?  Two papers published in 2012 confirmed that ADHD is being over diagnosed.

These researchers found that:

  • “child and adolescent psychotherapists and psychiatrists tend to give a diagnosis based on heuristics, unclear rules of thumb, rather than adhering to recognized diagnostic criteria”;
  • males were more likely to be over diagnosed than females based on the heuristic prototype

Did you know there are specific diagnostic criteria that must be met for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made?  Did you know what else might cause the symptoms that look like ADHD such as head injury, health issues, depression, sleep problems and many more? And did you know that there are many things that can make ADHD symptoms much worse?

I’m sure you already know how confusing and challenging it can be to get an accurate diagnosis for you or your child. This book and CD set will guide you to learn a holistic approach to diagnosis that applies the most recent research about ADHD.  It looks at the whole person and helps you understand and thrive with ADHD.  Unlike other books about ADHD it provides an integrative holistic approach to diagnosis that can be very instrumental in not only diagnosing but also managing and actually reducing symptoms of ADHD.

If you, or your child, have ADHD symptoms you are probably frustrated because you’ve already tried some things with little success and you don’t know where to look to find out what else is available.

Have you tried everything?

If you have been dealing with symptoms that look like ADHD for some time you I’m sure you have tried to find a way to help you get an accurate diagnosis.  I’m sure you found that some of the more common ADHD approaches to ADHD just don’t work for you or your child.

When you’re dealing with ADHD, one size does NOT fit all.  ADHD impacts each person in unique ways and therefore you need unique solutions.

I bet these will sound very familiar to you…

  • Having your child’s teacher tell you your child has ADHD and suggesting you should put them on medication
  • Being told you have ADHD after a brief discussion with a doctor without any formal process to gather pertinent information
  • Spending a few minutes talking to your doctor, psychiatrist, or your child’s pediatrician about the ADHD symptoms only to be told that it is ADHD and medications are the only effective treatment
  • Being told not to worry about your child’s behavior because they will grow out of it
  • Wondering if you are crazy because sleep makes such a difference in your ability to function
  • Telling yourself you should just try harder
  • Wondering if there are any definitive tests to diagnose ADHD
  • Wondering how the brain of someone with ADHD differs from someone that does not have ADHD
  • Being concerned that it might be BiPolar Disorder, Depression, or Anxiety

What if I could help you with every single fear

and concern you have about obtaining the right diagnosis?

Would you believe me if I told you within a short time you could increase your knowledge about all the steps that are essential for getting an accurate diagnosis – some you may not have even heard of?  What if you could:

  • Learn the diagnostic criteria used by mental health professionals
  • Understand the benefits an accurate diagnosis
  • Eliminate confusion
  • Know who is qualified to diagnose
  • Be able to ask informed questions
  • Use a holistic step-by-step process to determine:
    • If symptoms of ADHD are present
    • If they are truly symptoms of ADHD and not some other issue that mimics ADHD such as head injury, allergy, depression, a sleep disorder or other causes often seen in clinical practice.
    • If the symptoms are only ADHD or perhaps worsened by other factors
  • Feel confident that the diagnosis is accurate
  • Learn about the types of ADHD
  • Know what typical brainwave patterns look like for ADHD
  • Know why to meet with a Naturopathic Doctor
  • Find out why deficiencies in 3 essential nutrients matter
  • Understand the Neurobiology behind ADHD
  • Find out why a medical assessment is so important
  • Finally make sense out of your life
  • Explore how ADHD symptoms commonly affect adults

Sound too good to be true?

Well, it isn’t.  My IS IT REALLY ADHD? ONLY ADHD? How to Get and Accurate Diagnosis for You or Your Child book and companion CDs give you all the pieces of the ADHD diagnosis puzzle in one place with a proven approach to success you just can’t get anywhere else.

You will set yourself and/or your child on the path to success following proven methods to improve ADHD symptoms based on the most current neurobiology and ADHD research.

This book and CD set will help you understand what’s involved in getting an accurate diagnosis.  It explains the diagnostic criteria.  It gives you a symptom checklist you can use with your family, your doctor, and your child’s teacher.  It teaches you about the tests that can be used to aid in diagnosis.  It guides you in ruling out other possible causes of ADHD.  It explains the neurobiology of ADHD and tests that can determine if you or your child have typical brainwave patterns common to ADHD.

You’ll finally understand what works, and what doesn’t work. You’ll learn better ways to set yourself or your child up for improved success in all areas of life.


Plus, you will have Symptom Checklist to help in diagnosis. What a bonus!

Get started now, and discover the best ways to get an accurate diagnosis for ADHD!


So who am I, and why should you listen to me?

Deb BurdickMy name is Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN, and I’m the parent of a child with ADHD, so I’ve been where you are. Although I don’t have ADHD (yes, there are times when I think I do), I’ve become an expert on succeeding and thriving with ADHD as I have parented a child with it, was married for 20 years to a man with it, and have been in business situations with a partner who thrives with it.

As a psychotherapist and Neurofeedback practitioner, I’ve helped thousands of adults, children, and their families with ADHD since 1989 many who felt they had already tried everything. I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t work in the real world from personal experience, from my clients, and from the relevant research. I learned and perfected many techniques to treat ADHD as I helped my daughter and my clients improve their ability to thrive with ADHD.  I pass this on to you in this book and CD set to give you the tools to help you and/or your child live a happy and successful life.

I wish I had had this book and CD set when my daughter was young. I know the struggle with having a child who, like her father…

  • sad little boyCannot concentrate
  • Finds every excuse not to do tasks
  • Cannot sit still
  • Has such a busy mind that they can’t calm down and relax
  • Takes stimulant meds which interfere with sleep and appetite
  • Hates to take medications
  • Feels like they are never good enough
  • Struggles with intense emotions
  • Misses important skills in school or at work
  • Experiences intense emotions

I know the list above applies just as much to adults with ADHD.  Adults with ADHD struggle with:

  • Poor concentration
  • Task completion
  • Disorganization
  • Poor work performance
  • Difficulty with relationships with family, friends, and at work
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Constantly feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling guilty about not getting things done
  • Making sure their symptoms are really ADHD

If any of this sounds like you or your child my book and companion CDs can help you today.


Let’s take another look at what you get with this book and companion CDs…

IS IT REALLY ADHD? ONLY ADHD?  How the Get an Accurate Diagnosis for You or Your Child helps you solve the problem of finally knowing if you or your child has ADHD and if it’s only ADHD.  It teaches adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD what they need to know to make informed choices about getting an accurate diagnosis to ensure they or their child will thrive with ADHD. It provides essential information you can use right away.

IS IT REALLY ADHD? ONLY ADHD?  How the Get an Accurate Diagnosis for You or Your Child includes a wealth of information in an easy to use format.  It describes diagnostic criteria, the many ways to assess the symptoms, the other possible causes, things that make ADHD worse, the research behind the process, how the diagnosis is done, who does it, and where to find providers.

The book includes:

  • Diagnostic Criteria
    • DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD
    • Types of ADHD
    • Brainwave Patterns
  • Who can diagnose ADHD?
  • How is ADHD Diagnosed?
    • Symptom Checklist
    • Testing
    • The More Information the Better
    • Family History
    • Developmental History
    • Mental Health Assessment
    • Academic History
    • Observation
    • Work History
    • Medical Assessment
  • Adult Patterns Common to ADHD
  • Putting It All Together
  • What’s does it feel like to have ADHD?
  • Benefits – What’s great about ADHD?
  • Take Action
  • Worksheets
    • Blueprint for Getting an Accurate Diagnosis
    • Sample Food Diary
    • Food Diary

PLUS: Two CD’s add essential information and resources

CD 1:  A Holistic Approach to Success with ADHD

Contains a one hour overview describing the holistic approach to diagnosing and treating ADHD to help you thrive with ADHD

CD 2:  Naturopathic Treatment of ADHD

Contains an interview with a licensed Naturopathic physician who helps children and adults with ADHD! She teaches you how Naturopathic Medicine approaches the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. She talks specifically about children and the information she provides applies to adults as well.

Since I first explored the concept that ADHD was not a pathology to be medicated, but an expression of our genetic legacy (hunters, as opposed to farmers) present in most of us, I have been waiting for a community of health care providers to come up with viable alternatives to the medical approach. Deb Burdick offers a portfolio of such holistic approaches, from counseling, coaching, medication, nutrition, education, mindfulness and family dynamics to the exciting domain of neurofeedback, in which she is certified, and which I have seen work, including in my own family. Many adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD will want to look into her sensible, clearly explained ways of thinking to help themselves or their children thrive. As a licensed clinical social worker and the mother of a child with ADHD she offers education and a holistic approach that build wellness and wholeness beyond the current (inadequate) medical model.”

Thom Hartmann, PhD; psychotherapist, author The Edison Gene, radio/TV host

“Deb Burdick is not only versed in neurofeedback, but as a clinical social worker, she has investigated the very matrix in which attentional problems arise: the family of origin, and a society that itself seems attentionally compromised. A large project? The elephant in the room? Absolutely! Big problems require comprehensive solutions.

Debra has researched and provided many ways of evaluating the attention deficit child or adult and his or her environment, and coming up with practical solutions for the problems that are identified. This is a comprehensive program she has developed for diagnosis, evaluation and remediation. If you carefully study her methodology, you will soon see that nothing less comprehensive would work for the complexity of the underlying problems.

Stephen Larsen, PhD; Psychologist, Professor Emeritus SUNY, Ulster, Author of The Neurofeedback Solution and The Healing Power of Neurofeedback

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Let’s Take a Look at Everything You’re Getting.

You get comprehensive step by step descriptions of all the pieces of the diagnosis puzzle. You get an hour long interview with a Naturopathic Physician. You get an hour long overview explaining A Holistic Approach to Success with ADHD… the worksheets… real-life examples from practice… ADHD symptom checklist…and the bonuses.

Everything we’ve been talking about is yours for the one-time payment of $34.99 $27.99 for a limited time.

Can you afford NOT to order right now?

Let’s put all the cards on the table here.

Every day you wait to order this, you’ll see yourself or child slipping further and further behind. I know you’ve tried other programs and read a library of books that didn’t work, so you’re reluctant to get your hopes up. I was there once, too. I promise you will not be disappointed. I guarantee your success.

You know that the longer you wait to order and get started, the longer you’ll wait for results. The time to act is now. You need this information right away!

Are you finally ready to get clear about the diagnostic process to ensure that you or your child get an accurate diagnosis at last?

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You have my personal promise and guarantee.

I am so certain, so positive that IS IT REALLY ADHD? ONLY ADHD?  How the Get an Accurate Diagnosis for You or Your Child will help you that it comes with a money-back guarantee, and you can return the book and CDs for a full refund within 30 days of purchase if you are not completely, 100% satisfied. I personally guarantee it.

But I know once you get ahold of this book and companion CDs and start to use them, you won’t give them up for anything. This is the answer you’ve been searching for and Satisfaction guaranteedagonizing over. Don’t waste another moment . . . get started now!

I’ll ask again . . . can you afford not to get this right now?  You and/or your child’s future is at stake.


Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN – The Brain Lady

P.S. I want you to experience my book and CDs for yourself, risk-free, and see how my holistic approach to getting an accurate diagnosis will help you or your child gain control over your life at last. It’s fully guaranteed so you have nothing to lose.

P.P.S. IS IT REALLY ADHD? ONLY ADHD? How the Get an Accurate Diagnosis for You or Your Child is being used to teach adults, parents, health care professionals, and therapists how to help people of all ages with ADHD thrive. Isn’t it your turn?