January 21, 2011 at 2:26 am #58
Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It is normal for all children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive sometimes, but for children with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often. To be diagnosed with the disorder, a child must have symptoms for 6 or more months and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age.
Children who have symptoms of inattention may:
- Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
- Have difficulty focusing on one thing
- Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless they are doing something enjoyable
- Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new
- 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
- Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
- Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
- Struggle to follow instructions.
Children who have symptoms of hyperactivity may:
- Fidget and squirm in their seats
- Talk nonstop
- Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
- Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
- Be constantly in motion
- Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.
Children 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 children 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 children, compared with those with the other subtypes, who tend to have social problems. But children with the inattentive kind of ADHD are not the only ones whose disorders can be missed. For example, adults may think that children with the hyperactive and impulsive subtypes just have emotional or disciplinary problems.
November 4, 2011 at 1:29 am #1178
There are three subtypes. They are:
1. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive (ADHD)
2. Predominantly Inattentive (ADD)
3. Combined Hyperactive-Impulsive and Inattention (ADD/ADHD)
********I HAD to add this information. Parents and teachers can miss the fact that children with Predominantly Inattentive type (aka ADD) have this disorder because they are quiet and less likely to act out. As for the last sentence, Children with subtype number one as well as children with subtype number three are the ones that adults may think that these children just have emotional or disciplinary problems.
March 2, 2015 at 10:13 am #7460
Thank you Tanshin and Psyche.
March 5, 2015 at 11:23 am #7479
A person with ADHD may have some or all of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty paying attention to details and tendency to make careless mistakes in school or other activities; producing work that is often messy and careless
- Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli and frequently interrupting ongoing tasks to attend to trivial noises or events that are usually ignored by others
- Inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities
- Difficulty finishing schoolwork or paperwork or performing tasks that require concentration
- Frequent shifts from one uncompleted activity to another
- Disorganized work habits
- Forgetfulness in daily activities (for example, missing appointments, forgetting to bring lunch)
- Failure to complete tasks such as homework or chores
- Frequent shifts in conversation, not listening to others, not keeping one’s mind on conversations, and not following details or rules of activities in social situations
March 25, 2015 at 9:41 am #7526
March 26, 2015 at 1:14 pm #7528
Some ADD/ADHD symptoms are –
- Poor or failing grades in school
- Abuse of nicotine, alcohol and marijuana
- Engaging in more risky behavior
- Aggressiveness and fighting in school
- Stealing money
- Lying about or hiding drug use
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