Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children

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Since ADHD is a condition that has no known cure, it means it can only be managed. The severity of the condition in a child also depends on early detection of the condition. If identified early enough, prompt action can be taken in the form of necessary medication or treatment which will make sure that the condition does not worsen. In this article by Mayo Clinic, you will find other helpful information.

How do you know when a child has ADHD? This article explains some of the symptoms that will be observed on a child that has been diagnosed with this condition.

The Symptoms

In children and teenagers, the symptoms are usually noticeable before the age of 5. Since they are only at school or at home, it shouldn’t be hard for parents, guardians, and teachers to notice certain ADHD symptoms in them.

These symptoms can be divided into two namely:


Here are the symptoms of inattentiveness you need to look out for in a child with the condition. They get easily distracted especially when taught something important. They struggle to remember the main points and easy-to-remember points. Their concentration span is somewhat shorter than normal.

They are also prone to making unnecessary mistakes with what they do. For example, they may make lots of mistakes with schoolwork; mistakes that their peers hardly make. They may also tend to lose their personal belongings like toys and household stuff more often than not.

They always struggle to stick with tasks that require a measure of tediousness and time. When others speak, they may appear to listen but are not listening. They are also disoriented and disorganized which may be evident in how their room looks, how their school notebooks are, and how they dress.

Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness

Consider some of the symptoms that should become evident in a child that is plagued by this category of ADHD. They often find it hard sitting still in a place for longer, especially in a silent or quiet environment. They prefer areas with some measure of noise. Even for a brief time, they will sit down, they are constantly fidgeting and are always carried away in their thoughts more often.

They prefer moving around to staying in one place, and this movement can become excessive in most cases. For example, they can always excuse themselves from class with the pretense of visiting the restroom when they are just trying to move around. They are also prone to getting impatient, often finding it difficult to wait their turn in a queue.

They may also act without thinking about the consequences of their actions. They tend to interrupt conversations more and they have little or no sense of danger even when the danger is obvious.

There is a third category though and it is known as ADD (attention deficit disorder). In this type, a child with the condition may have problems with attentiveness but not with hyperactivity. They rarely combine both symptoms. ADD can seldom go unnoticed because the symptoms may not be as prominent as with the two other cases discussed above.


In this article for parents, if you notice any of these symptoms in your child, promptly seek medical help and don’t pay attention to superstitions.

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