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Checklist: Signs and Symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Is it ADHD?

Deciding if a child has ADHD is a process with several steps. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (DSM-5) is used by mental health professionals to help diagnose ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible to the general public. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD.

If a parent or other adult is concerned about a child’s behavior, it is important to discuss these concerns with the child’s health care provider.

Simply fill out the child’s name, age and today’s date and then check off the signs or symptoms the child has shown. Then click “Create Checklist.” Take the completed checklist to your child’s health care provider.

Don’t have time to do it now? Download and print a copy to fill out later.



Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months and are inappropriate for the child’s developmental level.

Hyperactivity / Impulsivity

Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for the child’s developmental level.

What do you see?

Ask a relative, friend, coach, teacher, or daycare provider to tell you what they see your child doing. Print off a blank checklist or send it to them.

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For more information on these symptoms and how they are used to diagnose ADHD, please visit the Symptoms and Diagnosis page.