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Mark Hutten, M.A.
Re: Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What are the symptoms of ADHD in children?

Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It is normal for all kids to be inattentive,
hyperactive, or impulsive sometimes, but for kids with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often.
To be diagnosed with the disorder, a youngster must have symptoms for 6 or more months and to a degree that is
greater than other young people of the same age.
Kids who have symptoms of inattention may:

•   Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and
frequently switch from one activity to another
•   Become bored with a task after only a few minutes,
unless they are doing something enjoyable
•   Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
•   Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and
completing a task or learning something new
•   Have difficulty focusing on one thing
•   Have difficulty processing information as quickly and
accurately as others
•   Have trouble completing or turning in homework
assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys,
assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
•   Not seem to listen when spoken to
•   Struggle to follow instructions
Kids who have symptoms of hyperactivity may:

•        Be constantly in motion
•        Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
•        Fidget and squirm in their seats
•        Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities
•        Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
•        Talk nonstop

Kids who have symptoms of impulsivity may:

•        Be very impatient
•        Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
•        Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games
•        Often interrupt conversations or others' activities

ADHD Can Be Mistaken for Other Problems—

Parents and teachers can miss the fact that kids with
symptoms of inattention have the disorder because they
are often quiet and less likely to act-out. They may sit
quietly, seeming to work, but they are often not paying
attention to what they are doing. They may get along well
with other kids, compared with those with the other
subtypes, who tend to have social problems. But kids with
the inattentive kind of ADHD are not the only ones whose
disorders can be missed. For example, adults may think
that kids with the hyperactive and impulsive subtypes just
have emotional or disciplinary problems.