ADHD Checklist

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Checklist

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This checklist is designed as a measure of disorder symptomatology. It must be interpreted in the context of individual client circumstances and as such should be used only in combination with a comprehensive medical and clinical assessment. It is NOT a stand-alone diagnostic tool.


ADHD is characterised by symptoms from one or both of the following categories:

Inattention Symptoms

Poor attention to detail

Difficulty sustaining attention

Does not seem to listen when spoken to

Difficulties remaining on-task and completing tasks

Poor organisation skills

Reluctance to engage in tasks involving sustained mental effort

Often losing things



Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

Fidgeting often

Unable to sit still

Unable to play quietly

Often running around and climbing in inappropriate situations


Excessive talking


Often interrupts people

If a child, adolescent or adult has experienced 6 or more symptoms from one or both of these categories consistently for at least 6 months, they may meet criteria for an ADHD diagnosis. In this case, it is recommended that they be referred to a psychologist for a more comprehensive assessment. To book an appointment with a psychologist, contact Strategic Psychology on (02) 6262 6157 or email

Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.

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