ADHD Self Test

This questionnaire can be used to screen for symptoms consistent with ADHD in a child, adolescent, or adult. Check the box beside each statement that applies to your child or other individual to be evaluated, then see below for assessment.

Symptoms of inattention:

Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
Often does not seem to listen to what is being said
Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to defiant behavior or failure to understand instructions)
Often has difficulties organizing tasks and activities
Often avoids or strongly dislikes tasks (such as schoolwork or homework) that require sustained mental effort
Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (school assignments, pencils, books, tools, or toys)
Often is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
Often forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsive behavior:

Hyperactivity evidenced by fidgeting with hands or feet, squirming in seat
Hyperactivity evidenced by leaving seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
Hyperactivity evidenced by running about or climbing excessively in situations where this behavior is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, this may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)
Hyperactivity evidenced by difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
Impulsivity evidenced by blurting out answers to questions before the questions have been completed
Impulsivity evidenced by showing difficulty waiting in lines or awaiting turn in games or group situations

The diagnosis of ADHD requires in-depth evaluation of symptoms by a qualified health professional. This includes duration of symptoms, presence of symptoms in multiple settings, impact of symptoms on daily functioning, and more. See your doctor for more information and formal evaluation.

The above ADHD symptoms questionnaire is based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) (published by the American Psychiatric Association), criteria for the diagnosis of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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