Deciding if a child has ADHD is a multi-step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and any other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. If a parent or other adult is concerned about a child’s behavior, it is important to discuss these concerns with the child’s health care provider. The list below is a basic checklist that might help a parent or caregiver confirm behaviors that could be related to ADHD and allow them to form questions to ask their pediatrician or other healthcare provider.
Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is inappropriate for developmental level.
Hyperactivity / Impulsivity
Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level.