Symptom Tests for Children

[Self-Test] Could Your Child Have Inattentive ADHD?

What do inattentive ADHD symptoms look like in a child? Could your child’s disorganization, poor focus, and faulty memory be signs of ADD? 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 Medical Review Panel.

Does My Child Have Inattentive ADHD Symptoms?

When you think of attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), you may immediately think of the hyperactive, perpetually-in-trouble child – one who can’t stay still or quiet. But there is another type of ADHD – inattentive type – that can also cause difficulties at home, in school, and in social situations; it’s just typically more difficult to “spot.” Why? Children with inattentive ADHD are often quiet and withdrawn. They may be seen as underachievers and daydreamers. Many have trouble with organization and time management. They may take longer to process information. Many silently struggle.

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 inattentive 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 How Inattentive and Hyperactive ADHD Differ
5. Download Your Free, In-Depth Guide to Inattentive ADHD
6. Listen to Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Explain How ADHD Is Sometimes Different in Women and Girls
7. Consult Our ADHD Treatment Guide for Children



Updated on June 18, 2019

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