(This was taken from the American
Six or more of the following symptoms of
inattention have persisted for at least six months in a high degree.
- often fails to give close attention to details
or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work ,or other activities
- often has difficulty sustaining attention in
task or play activities
- often does not seem to listen when spoken to
- often does not follow through on instructions
and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
- often has difficulty organizing tasks and
- often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to
engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as writing
- often loses things necessary for tasks or activities.
- is often easily distracted by extraneous
- is often forgetful in daily activities
Or six or more of the following symptoms
of hyperactivity or impulsivity have persisted for at least six months to a
- often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in
- often leaves seat in classroom or in other
situations in which remaining seated is expected
- often runs about or climbs excessively in
situations in which it is inappropriate ( in adults or adolescents, may
be limited to subjective 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
- often blurts out answers before hearing the
- often has difficulty awaiting turn
- often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g.,
butts into conversations or games)
Some hyperactive/impulsive or inattentive
symptoms were present before the age of 7 years.
Some challenges from the symptoms is
present in two or more settings (at school and at play or church)
There must be clear evidence of such
challenges in social, academic, or occupational functioning.