ADHD maybe one of the quickest disorders to recognize, he can’t sit still, she can’t control her actions, he’s easily distracted…what your looking at here are symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsiveness.
However, to possibly warrant a diagnosis of ADHD…
- individuals younger than 17 must show at least 6 inattentive and/or hyperactive impulsive symptoms
- symptoms must be present for at least 6 months and
- be evident in more than 1 setting
- interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, academic, or occupational functioning.
- For individuals 17 and older, only 5 or more symptoms are needed.
The following checklist is a great starting point to review symptoms with clients and their families, teachers or friends. Keep in mind that this is not intended to diagnose a child, but should be able to provide you with a good starting point for determining whether a child should have further evaluation.
The checklist was discovered at http://www.child-behavior-guide.com/ under the ADHD category.
Resource: DSM-V revisions to ADHD criteria