ADHD Symptoms and Diagnosis

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The Whole Child Pediatrics is highly trained and experienced in diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. For a comprehensive evidence-based consultation for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment (this typically takes 45-60 minutes) call 859-647-6700

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neuro-psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. It can often persist into adulthood. 

Requirements for Diagnosis:
History of symptoms, Vanderbilt questionnaires (parents and teachers), impairment at home, school, and socially. 

Vanderbilt and Self-Assessment Questionnaires:

Symptoms include:

Inattention:

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  • Poor focusing

  • Poor concentration

  • Poor attention

  • Makes careless mistakes, doesn't pay attention to details

  • Avoids tasks that take concentration

  • Fails to follow through on tasks

  • Easily distractible

  • Seems not to listen

  • Difficulty organizing

  • Forgetful

Hyperactivity:

  • Restlessness (Teens)

  • Fidgeting

  • Running around as if "driven by a motor" (Younger Children)

  • Excessively talkative

  • Has trouble staying seated

  • Difficulty playing quietly

Impulsivity: 

  • Acts or speaks without thinking

  • interrupts or intrudes on others

  • Blurts out answers before question completed