There is no test that can quickly determine whether or not your child has ADHD. However, there are tests you can take to find out if your child has symptoms that are similar to those of ADHD. These tests can be useful to determine whether or not you should pursue professional advice from someone who can properly diagnose ADHD. However, you shouldn’t treat any self-test as an actual diagnosis.
ADHD symptoms are noticeable in most children from time to time. The reason that some children are diagnosed with ADHD is because the symptoms for a child with ADHD usually do not go away without some sort of treatment. The symptoms for a child with ADHD are very consistent, usually exist for at least six months, and may often last into young adulthood.
Knowing the common symptoms of ADHD can help you determine what route you will take in helping your child. It is important to remember that you should only trust a diagnosis from someone who is a qualified professional. If your child’s teacher tells you that your son or daughter has ADHD, then you should investigate the possibility on your own. That is, if you think it’s necessary.
The Symptoms of ADHD
A person with ADHD might do any or all of these symptoms chronically for more than six consecutive months:
- Loses things
- Seems not to listen
- Has difficulty keeping attention on something
- Avoids tasks requiring focus for any sustained amount of time
- Gets easily distracted
- Is very unorganized
- Has problems following instructions
- Is forgetful in the short-term
- Makes careless mistakes
- Interrupts without noticing
- Talks too much
- Can’t stay still or fidgets
- Has problems with doing activities quietly
- Difficulty waiting in line or taking turns
- Very impatient
- Runs around or climbs excessively
If your child only displays a few of these symptoms from time to time, then your child probably doesn’t have ADHD. But if this list seems very familiar to you and these things affect you and your child’s everyday lives, then it is in both of your best interests to learn as much as possible, and seek professional guidance.