Symptom Tests for Children

[Self-Test] Symptoms of Hyperactive Impulsive ADHD in Children

What do the hyperactive or impulsive symptoms of ADHD look like in a child’s everyday life? Could blurting out answers and talking too much in school be a sign of ADHD? How about getting into playground skirmishes? Constant fidgeting and tapping? Take this symptom test to gauge whether your child’s behaviors point to ADHD, and then share the results with an evaluating clinician.

Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association and reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., a member of the ADDitude ADHD Specialist Panel.

Does My Child Have Hyperactive Impulsive ADHD?

Approximately 8.4 percent of children in the U.S. have ADHD, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms are often first diagnosed when a child reaches school age and has trouble sitting still for extended periods, disrupts the class by impulsively blurting out answers, experiences frustration or anger with classmates, and/or can’t seem to stay seated. Symptoms of hyperactive- or impulsive-type ADHD can include excessive talking, constant movement, acting as if driven by a motor, and acting without thinking — and to qualify for a diagnosis, a child must demonstrate a majority of ADHD’s symptoms in more than one setting.

If you believe your child may show signs of hyperactive impulsive ADHD, answer the following questions and bring the results to your primary care physician for evaluation and discussion. Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure whether symptoms are severe, frequent, and pervasive enough to suggest a positive ADHD diagnosis. But this self-test may provide some behavior clues and suggestions about next steps.

This questionnaire is designed to determine whether your child demonstrates symptoms similar to those of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) — and the hyperactive impulsive sub-type in particular. If you answer often to a significant number of these questions, consult a licensed mental health practitioner. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. 


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What To Do Next:

1. Take This Test: The Full ADHD Symptom Test for Children
2. Take This Test: Signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children
3. Find an ADHD specialist nearby in our ADDitude Directory
4. Understand The Three Types of ADHD: Inattentive, Hyperactive and Combined
5. Download Mindfulness Techniques for Stronger School Focus
6. Listen to John Ratey, M.D., Explain How Exercise Improves Attention, Working Memory, and Executive Functions
7. Consult Our ADHD Treatment Guide for Children

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