ADHD Signs and Symptoms in Children

John Neyman Jr
Dr. John is a counselor and therapist to ADHD children and their parents

Does your child have ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD though affecting both the kids and adults, it is still usually seen in children. There is a problem in regards with their attention span and hyperactivity which is well observed. It’s normal for children to daydream during class, seldom forget to do their homework, act without thinking, or get restless at the dinner table. There are many studies about ADHD and it’s characteristics that can be observed in a child. Depending on which characteristic prevailed that the signs and symptoms manifest. The three common and main symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

On the other hand, there are also children diagnosed with this disorder that are just sitting quietly but their attention is already reaching miles away. Others are hyperactive and impulsive, but they are able to pay attention. For some, they put too much focus on a certain task and have difficulty changing it to something else. There are also children that are mildly inattentive, but excessively impulsive.

The inattentive symptoms that manifest in children with this disorder are frequently ignored since this cannot be troublesome in a way. But, having this character have its consequences, such as not performing well at school, having a fight during a play with friends because of not abiding on the rules, won’t learn a lot in whatever they tend to study, etc.

There are also symptoms that are already considered disruptive and inappropriate for the child’s developmental level. There are times wherein the child does not seem to focus when you talk directly at him or her that leads to ignoring details of the instruction given and result in making mistakes in school, games, activities, and even at home. They also shun or don’t want to do things that include a lot of thinking for a long period of time, such as doing their homework or task at home with the use mental effort. Due to this, they will have trouble organizing things. They can be easily distracted and often not following instructions. In this regard, there are possibilities of failure at school, doing chores, and even in making friends. Forgetfulness in daily activities is also present and they often lost things that they need for their task and responsibilities to do.

Hyperactivity is common to those with ADHD that sometimes also become disruptive and inappropriate for their developmental stage. They can’t stay in one place, fidget with hands or feet, and struggle in their seat. They are restless that they often run and climb in places that are not proper. When they do activities quietly, they usually have trouble with it. They also talk markedly or excessively that sometimes they utter answers before the question have been finished, and even interrupt to the conversations of others. They are kind of impatient, that they can’t wait for their turn.

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