Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Adhd Symptoms, ADD Symptoms, Hyperactive Symptoms, Attention Deficit Disorder Symptoms, Attention Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Summarized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health, 4th ed. (DSM-IV), the diagnostic criteria for ADHD are being inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive which appears before the age of 7. These factors produce significant problems at home and school and all of these symptoms must have persisted for at least six months.

Inattention symptoms are visible in children age 8 to 9 years. Signs of having inattention include:

  • Fails to pay close attention to details and makes careless mistakes in school and at home
  • Having a hard time sustaining attention in tasks or activities and has difficulty organizing them
  • Does not follow instructions carefully and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
  • Totally forgetting to bring items like toys or pencils or tools that are needed for a task
  • Often becoming easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds

The second one is the hyperactivity which is common among children with ADHD. Although, over half of children with ADHD maintain this symptom until they reach their adulthood. In addition, hyperactive teenagers or adults may feel restless inside, that they always have the need to be busy all the time, and might want to do many things at the same time. These are the signs of hyperactivity:

  • Often fidgets with his/her hands or feet or squirms in his or her seat
  • Frequently leaves his or her seat in the classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected.
  • Repeatedly runs or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate.
  • Has difficulty playing quietly
  • Talks excessively

And lastly, acting before thinking of consequences is called impulsiveness which shows signs in the following:

  • Will blurt out answers before questions have been completed
  • Difficulty waiting in line or taking his or her turn
  • Interrupts or breaks in during conversations or games

However, if these symptoms such as difficulty to focus, sitting still or unable to control his or her behavior produce trouble and problems at school and at home; it is advisable that you visit your pediatrician or family physician where they will refer you to a specialist on this matter. These specialists or professionals are the developmental-behavioral pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrist or pediatric neurologists that are experienced and well-qualified to give necessary treatment for your child.

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