DSM IV Diagnostic Criteria for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
|1. six (or more) of the following symptoms of inattention have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level: |
|(a) often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities; |
|(b) often has difficulty sustaining-attention in tasks or play activities; |
|(c) often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly; |
|(d) often 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); |
|(e) often has difficulty organising tasks and activities; |
|(f) often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework); |
|(g) often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools); |
|(h) is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli; |
|(i) is often forgetful in daily activities. |
|2. six (or more) of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level: |
Printed here with kind permission of the American Psychiatric Association from: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edn (Washington, DC: APA, 1994).
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Book title: Educating Children with AD/HD:A Teacher's Manual.
Contributors: Paul Cooper - Author, Fintan J. O'Regan - Author.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2001.
Page number: 104.
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