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Child ADD Test

Use this childhood ADD test 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). Childhood ADHD symptoms typically include trouble focusing on tasks, difficulty concentrating, acting impulsively, and hyperactivity in some.

This scientific ADHD test will help determine if these symptoms are something to be concerned about. It takes less than 3 minutes to complete and provides instant results.

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)?



 

 

 

Learn More About ADHD

The symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are characterized by concerns occurring in three main areas of thinking and behavior — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — experienced by a person consistently for at least six months.

For a person to be diagnosed with this disorder, they must have at least six (6) or more of the following: lack of close attention to details or makes careless mistakes; difficulty sustaining attention; doesn’t listen when spoken to; doesn’t follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, projects, or chores; difficulty organizing tasks; avoids tasks that require sustained attention; loses things necessary to complete a task; distracted by things around them; forgetful in daily activities; fidgets; leaves seat often for no reason; constantly restless; can’t engage in activities quietly; often on-the-go; talks excessively; blurts out answers; difficulty waiting their turn; and interrupts conversations with others.

Learn more: Symptoms of ADHD

Learn more: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Causes

ADHD Treatment

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be treated, and is usually primarily treated with medications. However, a combined approach that incorporates both psychotherapy (or coaching) along side of medications will usually result in quicker, longer-lasting improvement. While medication is prescribed to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD, the skills learned in psychotherapy ensure a person has the tools necessary to lead the best life possible, despite the disorder.

Learn more: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment

Childhood ADHD is treated a little differently than the same condition in adults. You can learn more about childhood ADHD treatment here.

 


All rights reserved. For personal, educational or research use only. 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 the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale v1.1 Symptom Checklist by the World Health Organization.

References

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Barkley, R.A., Murphy, K.R. & Fischer, M. (2010). ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says. New York: Guilford Press.

Hallowell, E.M. & Ratey, J.J. (2011). Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder. Anchor Press.

Millichap, J.G. (2011). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Handbook: A Physician’s Guide to ADHD (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2019). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml on April 24, 2020.

 

Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

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Research Team, P. (2020). Child ADD Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/child-adhd-quiz/

 

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Last updated: 3 Jun 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Jun 2020
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