What is ADHD?
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6346 Orchard Lake Rd., Suite 107
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Phone: (248) 626-1330
The diagnostic criteria for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are:
Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have existed for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level.
- 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 when spoken to directly.
- Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
- Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
- Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as; schoolwork or homework.
- Often loses things necessary for tasks or duties.
- Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
- Is often forgetful in daily to these.
At least six of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level.
1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in the seat.
2. Often leaves seat in classroom or other situations when remaining seated is expected.
3. Often runs or climbs excessively in situations when it is inappropriate.
4. Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly.
5. Is often "on the go"or acts as if "driven by a motor".
1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
2. Often has difficulty awaiting turn.
3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others.