This ADHD Checklist includes the diagnostic criteria for making a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, otherwise known as ADD or ADHD.
1) Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
2) Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks 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 (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
5) Often has trouble organizing activities.
6) Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
7) Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
8) Is often easily distracted.
9) Is often forgetful in daily activities.
1) Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat when sitting still is expected.
2) Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.
3) Often excessively runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).
4) Often has trouble playing or doing 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 questions have been finished.
8) Often has trouble waiting one's turn.
9) Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).
If you suspect you may be showing signs of ADD/ADHD, schedule an appointment with a mental health professional or doctor qualified to diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Such professionals can include a psychiatrst, psychologist, therapy, clinical social worker, neurologist, child development specialist, etc.They can conduct a clinical interview in order to identify what the symptoms mean, order a brain scan to test for ADHD characteristics, etc.
It is best to make certain that which ever professional you choose that they have experience in diagnosing and treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as opposed to a general family physician who is more of a jack of all trades.