ADHD Symptom Checklist for Children: Take This Self-Test

Could your child have ADHD? Here's a quick checklist.

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Do you see signs of ADHD in your child? Do you suspect he or she may have the condition? Learn more about ADHD in children by checking off each of the following statements that apply to your son or daughter:

NOTE: This test is not intended to diagnose or to replace the care of a health care professional.

PART ONE

The first part of the test covers signs of distractibility.

1. My child makes careless mistakes.

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

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

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

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

6. My child frequently loses things like homework and personal belongings.

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

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

9. Even the smallest distractions throw my child off task.

If you checked off five or more symptoms--and these symptoms have been a persistent problem interfering in your child's life at home and at school--he or she may have inattentive type ADD. It would be prudent to talk with a physician or a licensed mental health practitioner.

Take this form with you to the doctor's office. Treatments are available that can reduce substantially these neurologically based behaviors.

PART TWO

The second part of the test covers hyperactivity and impulsivity.

1. Sometimes my child acts as if she/he is driven by a motor.

2. My child always seems to be fidgeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you checked off five or more symptoms--and these symptoms have been a persistent problem interfering in your child's life at home and at school--he or she may have attention deficit disorder. It would be prudent to talk with a physician or a licensed mental health practitioner.

Take this form with you to the doctor's office. Treatments are available that can reduce substantially these neurologically based behaviors.

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