At least six symptoms needed for ADD and six more for ADHD

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 5/12/99.

Inattention (ADD)
(At least six necessary)

•Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.
•Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
•Often does not listen when spoken to directly.
•Often does not follow through on instructions or fails to finish work.
•Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
•Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks requiring sustained mental effort.
•Often loses things.
•Often distracted by extraneous stimuli.
•Often forgetful in daily activities.

Hyperactivity and impulsivity (ADHD)
(At least six necessary)

•Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
•Often has difficulty remaining seated when required to do so.
•Often runs or climbs excessively.
•Often has difficulty playing quietly.
•Often "on the go."
•Often talks excessively.
•Often blurts out answers to questions before they have been completed.
•Often has difficulty awaiting turn.
•Often interrupts or intrudes on others.

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