Do you have ADHD?

Do you suffer from ADHD? Quiz from CDC

Is it ADHD?

Interactive Checklist: Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Deciding if a child has ADHD is a several step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) is used by mental health professionals to help diagnose ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible to the general public. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD.

If a parent or other adult is concerned about a child’s behavior, it is important to discuss these concerns with the child’s health care provider.

Simply fill out the child’s name, age and today’s date and then check off the signs or symptoms the child has shown. Then click “Create Checklist.”


Child’s Name:  
Child’s Age:  

Today’s Date:

February 27, 2013


six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is inappropriate for developmental level


Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.


Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.


Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.


Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).


Often has trouble organizing activities.


Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn’t want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).


Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).


Is often easily distracted.


Is often forgetful in daily activities.


Hyperactivity / Impusivity 
six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level


Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat when sitting still is expected.


Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.


Often excessively runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).


Often has trouble playing or doing leisure activities quietly.


Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”.


Often talks excessively.


Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.


Often has trouble waiting one’s turn.


Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).




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What Do You See?

Ask a relative, friend, coach, teacher, or daycare provider to tell you what they see your child doing. Print off a blank checklist or send it to them.

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For more information on these symptoms and how they are used to diagnose ADHD, please visit theSymptoms and Diagnosis page.


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