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 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. The symptoms are in covered in more detail in
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. Below is one resource for your toolkit to complete and take when you go to your child’s health care provider.
ADHD Checklist for Children
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.
Hyperactivity / Impulsivity
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.
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