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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Your Score
If you checked off five or more symptoms in Part One (Distractibility)--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. If you checked off five or more symptoms in Part Two (Impulsivity and Hyperactivity)--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. You may want to consult a mental health professional.
If you checked off five or more symptoms in Part One (Distractibility)--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. If you checked off five or more symptoms in Part Two (Impulsivity and Hyperactivity)--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. You may want to consult a mental health professional.
You may want to print out the questions with your responses and take them to your physician or a mental health professional to discuss your concern about the possibility of attention deficit disorder in your child.
You may want to print out the questions with your responses and take them to your physician or a mental health professional to discuss your concern about the possibility of attention deficit disorder in your child.
You may want to print out the questions with your responses and take them to your physician or a mental health professional to discuss your concern about the possibility of attention deficit disorder in your child.


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.