What are the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for predominantly inattentive attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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This must include at least 6 of the following symptoms of inattention that must have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level:

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities

  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities

  • Often does not seem to listen to what is being said

  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)

  • Often has difficulties organizing tasks and activities

  • Often avoids or strongly dislikes tasks (such as schoolwork or homework) that require sustained mental effort

  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (school assignments, pencils, books, tools, or toys)

  • Often is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

  • Often forgetful in daily activities

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