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signs-symptoms-ADHD.jpegADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention and/or hyperactive-impulsive behavior. In order to be diagnosed, the condition must cause significant impairment in at least two settings, usually meaning a child's symptoms are present both at home and at school. Find below some common signs and symptoms of the disorder:

Inattention:

  • Failing to pay close attention to details or making careless mistakes when doing schoolwork or other activities
  • Trouble keeping attention focused during age-appropriate play or tasks
  • Appearing not to listen or hear when spoken to
  • Failing to follow instructions or finish age-appropriate tasks
  • Avoiding tasks that require a high amount of mental effort and organization, such as school projects
  • Frequently losing items required to facilitate tasks or activities, such as school supplies
  • Excessive distractibility/ Forgetfulness

Hyperactive and Impulsive behavior:

  • Excessive fidgeting with hands or feet or squirming in seat
  • Leaving seat often, even when inappropriate
  • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
  • Difficulty in quiet play
  • Frequently feeling restless
  • Excessive speech
  • Answering a question before the speaker has finished
  • Failing to await one’s turn
  • Interrupting the activities of others at inappropriate times

Diagnosis:
It is important to remember that while all children experience inattention or hyperactivity occasionally, ADHD is characterized by the excessive presence of these symptoms so that they impair a child's ability to function in everyday life in more than one setting. A diagnosis is generally made only if a child has experienced six symptoms from the above categories for at least three months. Click here for more detailed information on diagnosis and a description of the three subtypes of the disorder.

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