Characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ ADD)

ADHD-Inattentive Type:AtSymptomsofinattention:

Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities

Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities

Often does not seem to listen to what is being said

Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to defiant behavior or failure to understand instructions)

Often has difficulties organizing tasks and activities

Often avoids or strongly dislikes tasks (such as schoolwork or homework) that require sustained mental effort

Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (school assignments, pencils, books, tools, or toys)

Often is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

Often forgetful in daily activities


ADHD-Hyperactive Type

Hyperactivity evidenced by fidgeting with hands or feet, squirming in seat

Hyperactivity evidenced by leaving seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected

Hyperactivity evidenced by running about or climbing excessively in situations where this behavior is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, this may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)

Hyperactivity evidenced by difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

Impulsivity evidenced by blurting out answers to questions before the questions have been completed

Impulsivity evidenced by showing difficulty waiting in lines or awaiting turn in games or group situations

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