Self Analysis for ADHD

1.Does your child have difficulty paying attention or concentrating ? Are they easily distracted by unrelated things?This includes difficulty paying attention at school, home, and in other activities. (Note that just because your child can focus on TV or video games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they can focus. Because technology is so stimulating, many kids with ADHD can focus on these activities but can’t focus on other things.)

2.Does your child have significant difficulty in completing schoolwork or chores ? This may be because they don’t listen well to instructions, make careless mistakes, lose focus halfway through, or forget what they are supposed to do. Each of these can be a warning sign for ADHD.

3. Is your child disorganized or messy? Do they lose things frequently?

4. Does your child act like the Energizer Bunny ??For example, do they run when they aren’t supposed to? Do they fidget and squirm a lot? Do they get out of their seat when they’re supposed to stay still? This symptom is most common in younger kids, and frequently goes away as the child grows older.

5. Is there anything else that may be causing these symptoms? For example, lack of sleep, not eating breakfast, eating unhealthy foods, or spending too much time using technology can all cause symptoms similar to ADHD. If you’re unsure, try to modify these things for at least a few weeks and see if it makes a difference.

6.Could it be anxiety or depression ? Both of these can cause difficulty paying attention as well and may be mistaken for ADHD. If you’re unsure, read these checklists on anxiety and depression to see if this is a possibility.

7. Does your child talk too much? Do they interrupt others frequently?

8. Are these symptoms occurring in multiple environments, such as home, school, and daycare? Have these symptoms been occurring for more than six months? Are they causing your child to get in trouble or perform below their potential? (If your child only has difficulty focusing in one environment, it may be something about that specific environment that’s causing the problem, rather than ADHD.)