Does my child have ADHD?
When children have problems at school with attention span, distraction, sitting still, or impulsive behaviors, the first suggestion is that they may have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADD (attention deficit disorder) is an older term that is no longer used by professionals. It was the diagnosis used for ADHD where hyperactivity was not present. Now, ADHD is used with or without hyperactivity. ADHD is diagnosed as one of 3 types: Inattention Type ADHD, Hyperactive/Insensitive Type ADHD, or Combined Type ADHD (where symptoms of both Inattention and Hyperactive/Insensitive Types are present). Most children and adolescents have Combined Type ADHD. Take this quick assessment to learn more about the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and help you determine whether or not your child should be tested for ADHD. These questions are adapted from the DSM-IV (the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition) diagnostic criteria for ADHD.