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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD Checklists: 3 Types of Symptoms
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurological condition defined by a consistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning in at least two settings – for example, at school and at home. It impacts children and adults, boys and girls, and people of all backgrounds.
ADHD symptoms often look different in children than they do in adults. But this is universal: If you recognize the signs in yourself or your loved one on the following ADHD Symptom Test, and the symptoms persistently disrupt life for at least 6 months, you may be dealing with ADHD. If you suspect that you have ADHD, contact your medical health-care professional for a diagnosis.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders checklist, at least six of the following ADHD symptoms must apply to merit a diagnosis:
Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD (aka ADD): A Checklist
At least six of the following signs of hyperactivity-impulsivity must apply:
Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7.
Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g., at school [or work] and at home).
There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.
The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a pervasive developmental disorder or other psychotic disorder, and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., mood disorder, anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder, or a personality disorder).