Symptoms

• Inattention; difficulty paying attention to details in school, work, and social activities; difficulty completing tasks that require a lot of mental effort; easily distracted; forgetful

• Hyperactivity-impulsivity; difficulty sitting still, fidgets; has trouble playing quietly and waiting turns; frequently interrupts

• Combined; exhibits both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity Diagnostic Criteria

• Must exhibit symptoms before 7 years of age that persist for more than 7 months

• Symptoms must be present in two or more settings and adversely affect functioning in social situations, school, or work

• Must meet the diagnostic criteria in DSM-IV-TR (Table 42-1)

• Symptoms cannot be better explained by another mental disorder (e.g., autism)

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