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How is inattentive attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosed?

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  • A doctor will need to know if your child does at least six of these things in order to diagnose the condition: Daydreams and becomes easily distracted
  • Misses important details or makes careless mistakes on homework and tests
  • Gets bored quickly and has difficulty staying focused
  • Has trouble getting organized (for example, losing homework assignments or keeping the bedroom messy and cluttered)
  • Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to
  • Avoids tasks which require a lot of focus
  • Often loses track of things
  • Is forgetful in day-to-day activities
  • Has trouble following instructions and often shifts from task to task without finishing anything

From: ADHD: Inattentive Type WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Conn's Current Therapy 2012,

UptoDate: "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: Overview of treatment and prognosis."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Conn's Current Therapy 2012,

UptoDate: "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: Overview of treatment and prognosis."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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