A simple tool to help you differentiate between ADHD and the most common overlapping comorbidities in children
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Six or more symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity must have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is inconsistent with developmental level and that negatively impacts directly on social and academic/occupational activities. For older adolescents and adults (age 17 and older), at least 5 symptoms are required.1
In order to diagnose ADHD, symptoms must be persistent; confirmation of substantially impacting symptoms across settings typically cannot be accurately assessed without consulting observers who have seen the individual in the setting. Symptoms typically vary depending on setting/context. Below you will find some examples of how ADHD may affect children and adolescents at home, at school, and in social settings:
Reference:1. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2013.