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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

ADHD,attention deficit hyperactivity disorderAttention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

A. Either (1) or (2):

(I) six (or more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least 6 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 school work, work, for 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 activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)

  • is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

  • is often forgetful in daily activities

(2)  Six (or more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:


  • often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

  • often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected

  • often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)

  • often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

  • and often "on the go" or often acts ad if "driven by a motor"

  • often talks excessively


  • often blurts out answers before questions have been completed

  • often has difficulty awaiting turn

  • often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g. butts into conversations or games.)

B. Some hyperactive impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7 years.

C. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school [or work] and at home).

D. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.

E. The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or Personality Disorder).

Code based on type:

314.01 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type:.  if both Criteria A1 and A2 are met for the past six months

314.00 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Inattentive Type: if Criterion A1 is met but Criterion 2 is not met for the past six months

314.01 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if Criterion 2 is met but Criterion A1 is not met for the past six months

Coding Note: For individuals (especially adolescents and adults) who currently have symptoms that no longer meet full criteria, "In Partial Remission" should be specified.

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