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ADD / ADHD Checklist


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BASIC RULES

  • a professional uses the symptoms checklist to make the diagnosis of ADHD
  • behavior has persisted for at least six months
  • to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level
  • must present with six or more of the following

HYPERACTIVITY

  • often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
  • often leaves seat in situations in which staying seated is expected
  • often runs about or climbs excessively in inappropriate situations
  • in adolescents or adults, may be limited to feelings of restlessness
  • often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
  • is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor"
  • often talks excessively

IMPULSIVITY

  • often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • often has difficulty awaiting turn
  • often interrupts or intrudes on others (conversations, games)

INATTENTION

  • often fails to give close attention to details
  • often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
  • often makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
  • often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • often does not follow through on instructions
  • often fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
  • not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions
  • often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • often avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • often loses things necessary for tasks (assignments, pencils, books, etc.)
  • is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • is often forgetful in daily activities

 


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