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:

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  • Restlessness (Teens)
  • Fidgeting
  • Running around as if "driven by a motor" (Younger Children)
  • Excessively talkative
  • Has trouble staying seated
  • Difficulty playing quietly
     

Impulsivity: 

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  • Acts or speaks without thinking
  • interrupts or intrudes on others
  • Blurts out answers before question completed