Could Your Child Have ADHD? Consider This Symptom Checklist

Do you suspect that your child might have attention deficit disorder? Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure whether symptoms of distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are severe enough to suggest a positive diagnosis.


Q1 : PART ONE: DISTRACTIBILITY. My child makes careless mistakes.

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Q2 : It's very difficult for my child to stay focused on homework or other tasks.

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Q3 : My child rarely completes an activity before moving to the next activity.

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Q4 : Even when spoken to directly, my child seems to not be paying attention.

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Q5 : My child is disorganized and even with my help can't seem to learn how to become organized.

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Q6 : My child frequently loses things like homework and personal belongings.

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Q7 : My child tries to avoid activities that require sustained concentration and a lot of mental effort.

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Q8 : My child frequently forgets to do things, even when constantly reminded.

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Q9 : Even the smallest distractions throw my child off task.

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Q10 : PART TWO: HYPERACTIVITY & IMPULSIVITY. Sometimes my child acts as if she/he is driven by a motor.

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Q11 : My child always seems to be fidgeting.

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Q12 : No matter how hard he tries, my child has problems remaining seated even when she/he is supposed to.

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Q13 : My child talks a lot, even when she/he has nothing much to say.

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Q14 : My child often interferes in the classroom because s/he has difficulty engaging in quiet activities without disturbing others.

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Q15 : In class or at home, my child blurts out answers to questions before they are fully asked.

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Q16 : My child has difficulty waiting patiently to take turns, and frequently butts ahead in lines or grabs toys from playmates.

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Q17 : Sometimes my child seems intrusive. She/he interrupts constantly other peoples' activities and conversations.

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NOTE: This test is not intended to diagnose or to replace the care of a health care professional. The more questions you answer in the affirmative, the more likely your child is to have attention deficit disorder. Be sure to share your completed checklist with a doctor.
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