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ADHD comprises a pattern of symptoms that are maladaptive and inconsistent with the patient's developmental level and that persist for at least 6 months.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, the patient must have the following

  • Some symptoms of hyperactivity - impulsivity or inattention present before age 7.
  • Some impairment observed in at least 2 settings (e.g., school and home )
  • Clear evidence of interference with social, academic, or work function
  • No other mental disorders present (e.g., mood disorder, anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder, or personality disorder)
  • 6 or more symptoms of inattention AND / OR 6 or more symptoms of hyperactivity - impulsivity.


  • Often fails to pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities.
  • Often has difficulty maintaining focus on tasks or play activity.
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or other responsibilities (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to take part in activities that require continuous mental effort, such as homework or schoolwork.
  • Often loses things needed for tasks or activities, such as toys, assignments, books or tools.
  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities.


  • Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
  • Often runs around or climbs excessively in situations which is not appropriate.
  • Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which staying seated is expected.
  • Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly.
  • Is often " on the go " or often acts as if "driven by a motor".
  • Often talks Excessively


  • Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
  • Often has difficulty waiting for turn.
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butting into conversations or games)

* The above information is adapted from American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, IV Edition (DSM-IV™)

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