Find out more about ADD/ADHD

Types of Symptoms

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a neurological condition defined by a consistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning in at least two settings – for example, at school and at home

It can affect children and adults of all backgrounds. ADHD symptoms often look different in children than they do in adults.

If you recognise the signs in yourself or your loved one in the following ADHD checklist and the symptoms have persistently disrupted life for at least 6 months, you may be dealing with ADHD.


Typical signs of Inattentive ADHD (ADD)

  1. Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.

  2. Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.

  3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.

  4. Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behaviour or failure to understand instructions).

  5. Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.

  6. Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).

  7. Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).

  8. Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.

  9. Forgetful in daily activities.

Signs of Impulsive ADHD

  1. Blurts out the answers before the questions have been completed.

  2. Has difficulty awaiting turn.

  3. Interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

  4. Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before age 7.

  5. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g., at school [or work] and at home).

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

  7. The symptoms cannot be attributed to another problem, for example, a mental health problem.

If you think that you have sufficient signs of ADHD/ADD, take our screener which will help you to decide whether you need to follow a medical route for a diagnosis.