ADHD/ADD Symptoms


(This was taken from the American Psychiatric Association)

Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least six months in a high degree.

  1. often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work ,or other activities
  2. often has difficulty sustaining attention in task or play activities
  3. often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  4. often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
  5. often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  6. often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as writing assignments)
  7. often loses things necessary for tasks or activities.
  8. is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  9. 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 high degree.

  1. often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
  2. often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
  3. 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)
  4. often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
  5. is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor"
  6. often talks excessively
  7. often blurts out answers before hearing the complete question
  8. often has difficulty awaiting turn
  9. 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.