What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, was also known as, Attention-deficit disorder (ADD), in the past. ADHD is a behavior disorder, usually first diagnosed in childhood, that is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. These symptoms usually occur together; however, one may occur without the other(s). The symptoms of hyperactivity, when present, are almost always apparent by the age of 7 and may be present in very young preschoolers, as early as 2 or 3 years of age. Inattention or attention-deficit may not be evident until a child faces the expectations of elementary school.

What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?

The following are the most common symptoms of ADHD. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  •  Difficulty paying attention
  • Frequently daydreaming
  • Difficulty following through on instructions and apparently not listening
  • Frequently has problems organizing tasks or activities
  • Frequently forgetful and loses needed items, such as books, pencils or toys
  • Frequently fails to finish schoolwork, chores or other tasks
  • Easily distracted
  • Frequently fidgets or squirms
  • Difficulty remaining seated and seemly in constant motion
  • Excessively talkative
  • Frequently interrupts or intrudes on others’ conversations or games
  • Frequently has trouble waiting for his or her turn

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