Diagnostic Criteria (DSM IV)


a.      Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed.

b.      Often has difficulty awaiting turn.

c.      Often interrupts or intrudes on others (such as butting into conversations or games)

B.     Some hyperactive, impulsive, or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7 years.

C.    Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (such as in school or work and at home).

D.    There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.

E.     The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of a pervasive developmental disorder, schizophrenia, or another psychotic disorder and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (such as a mood, anxiety, dissociative, or personality disorder)

ADHD Types Using DSM-IV criteria

  • ADHD, predominantly inattentive type.  Meets inattention criteria (section Al) for the past 6 months.
  • ADHD, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type.  Meets hyperactive-impulsive criteria (section A2) for the past 6 months.
  • ADHD, combined type.  Meets criteria for section Al and section A2 for the past 6 months.
  • ADHD, NOS (not otherwise specified).

Prominent symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity that do not meet the criteria for ADHD

  • In partial remission

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