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Symptoms of ADHD

Do you know someone who has ADHD? Are they drifting off? Are they hyperactive and impulsive? Any combination of the three characteristics could apply to them.

Three categories of symptoms are possible:

  1. Inattention

  2. Hyperactivity

  3. Impulsivity

ADHD symptoms usually appear in children around 12, but they can occur much earlier.


Adults may be more aware of it in social or professional settings. The person may put off doing their work, not finish their assignments or duties, or frequently switch between incomplete projects. They cannot focus on one task at a time for too long. They might also:

  • Lack organization

  • Lack concentration

  • Problems staying on topic, not listening to others, and disregarding social standards.

  • an inability to pay attention to details or a failure to remember daily duties (such as forgetting the car key and wallet)

  • Be easily distracted by small noises or events that people tend to ignore.

  • not being able to read the emotions and moods of others

  • Daydream a lot

  • Can't hear you when you talk


Hyperactivity can vary with the age of a person. Children often show signs of hyperactivity when they are very young but usually present symptoms before middle school.

Kids with hyperactivity may:

  • Excessively talk

  • Find it difficult to play quietly or engage in quiet hobbies.

  • Constantly on the move

  • exhibiting fidgeting and squirming while sitting

  • Getting up and moving frequently

  • Climbing or running a lot when is inappropriate. (Always being restless)

Teenagers and adults who are hyperactive may experience emotions of restlessness. Children with ADHD who are toddlers or preschoolers frequently move about a lot. Their capacity to take part in activities may also impact others. Some people struggle to fall asleep because they can't rest their brains.


Children with ADHD may act impulsively and take dangerous actions without thinking through the repercussions. The illness can interfere with a child's ability to behave similarly to other kids their age or developmental stage.

Symptoms of this include:

  • Impatience

  • Having difficulty waiting to speak or react

  • Find it difficult to wait their turn.

  • They frequently interrupt or intrude on others. They may do this so often that it causes problems at work and in social situations. People may get upset with them or hurt their feelings if they act without consideration.

  • Give answers before the question is finished.

  • Start conversations at inappropriate times.

Getting Diagnosed

For ADHD, there isn't a single test. But you can start with your primary care physician. The doctor for your child will ask about your child's symptoms. They might request to meet with other adults in your child's life, such as the child's teachers or extracurricular activity coaches. The youngster may then need to be brought by the parents for a thorough evaluation by a psychologist or mental health professional. If your child satisfies the requirements, they will only then be diagnosed.

Physicians look for behaviour that:

  • Varies from the person's normal age-appropriate behaviour. These behavioural patterns (may be seen in most kids at some stage.)

  • It is most noticeable when it negatively affects a person's ability to function within the home, in a social environment, or at work.

Additionally, they must persistently exhibit at least six of the symptoms listed above:

  • a minimum of six months

  • Further, in at least two different contexts, such as at home and school

Long-Term Prospects

Some teenagers with ADHD may experience anxiety or depression as they age. About 20 to 30 percent of people have learning difficulties, which may not respond to treatment for ADHD. Drugs, behavioural therapy, and other strategies can help these kids find their way. If you want to know more about non-medication therapy programs, don't hesitate to contact us for more details.


Bhandari, S. (2021, June 14). ADHD and add symptoms: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. WebMD. Retrieved June 24, 2022, from


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