Child Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Test

Based upon the DSM-5 criteria
and other screening measures for ADD/ADHD
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Use this quiz to help determine if your child or teenage daughter or son should see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of attention deficity hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD).

Instructions: Simply answer the questions on how your child or teen has behaved and felt during the past 6 months. Take your time and answer as truthfully as possible for the most accurate results.

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I am a year old /

1. How often does your child have difficulty sustaining your attention while doing something for work, school, a hobby, or fun activity (e.g., remaining focused during lectures, lengthy reading or conversations)?




2. How often is your child easily distracted by external stimuli, like something in their environment such as a noise or another conversation?




3. How often does your child avoid, dislike, or are reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort or thought?




4. How often does your child trouble listening to someone, even when they are spoken to directly, like their mind is somewhere else?




5. How often does your child have difficulty in organizing an activity or task needing to get done (e.g., poor time management, fails to meet deadlines, difficulty managing sequential tasks, messy and disorganized work)?




6. How often does your child fail to give close attention to details, or make careless mistakes in things such as schoolwork, or during other activities?




7. How often does your child forget to do something that they do all the time, such as missing a playdate, practice, or forgetting their lunch?




8. How often does your child lose, misplace or damage something that they need in order to get things done (e.g., school materials, pencils, books, tools, etc.)?




9. How often does your child have trouble following through on instructions, or failing to finish schoolwork, chores, or other duties (e.g., they start a task but quickly lose focus and are easily sidetracked)?




 

 

 

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Based upon the DSM-5 ADHD criteria and informed by research such as Faraone, et al. (2005). What Is the Prevalence of Adult ADHD? Results of a Population Screen of 966 Adults. Journal of Attention Disorders, 9, Kumar, et al. (2011). Screening for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adult inpatients with psychiatric disorders. Psychological Reports, 108, and and the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale v1.1 Symptom Checklist by the World Health Organization.
 

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Aug 2013
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