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ADD/ADHD DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST FOR GIRLS

  • Does she daydream frequently?
  • Does she have trouble getting started on her homework?
  • Is she easily distracted from mundane activities?
  • Does she forget things she's supposed to do?
  • Does she seem resistant to reading for pleasure?
  • Does she have trouble remembering multi-step instructions?
  • Does she seem oversensitive and easily embarrassed?
  • Is she generally disorganized?
  • Is it a struggle to get her up in the morning?
  • Does she often have a physical complaint, such as a headache or stomachache?
  • Is she often late for school or other activities?
  • Does she "march to the beat of a different drummer?"
  • Does she usually stay up past her bedtime?
  • Does she often lose or misplace items?
  • Does she stay at the fringe of a large group activity?
  • Does she sometimes wait until the last minute to go to the bathroom?
  • Does she wish she had more friends?
  • Does she often lose track of the time?
  • Does she tend to be shy with her peers?
  • Does she seem forgetful or absent-minded?
  • Does she leave a trail of belongings throughout the house?
  • Does she have a low frustration tolerance?
  • Does she tend to interrupt conversation?
  • Does she seem immature for her age?
  • Does her teacher say she should "Speak up in class" and "Try harder?"
  • Does she quickly become annoyed or irritable?
  • Does she seem to overreact?
  • Does she tend to put things off until later?
  • Is she thrown off by transitions?
  • Is she often defiant and argumentative?
  • Is she accident prone?
  • Does she have temper tantrums?
Additional questions for teenage girls:
  • Are habits hard for her to develop?
  • Does she seem stressed much of the time?
  • Does she drink large quantities of caffeinated drinks?
  • Does she engage in binge eating?
  • Does she smoke cigarettes?
  • Are you concerned about her judgment regarding drinking, driving, and sexuality?
  • Does she tend to drop hobbies, interests, activities?
  • Does she seem to have an exceptionally difficult time during her PMS week?
(Excerpts from Understanding Girls with AD/HD, Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.d., Ellen Littman, Ph.D., and Patricia Quinn, M.D., 1999)