ADHD Symptoms

The most common ADHD symptoms or signs of ADHD include inattention and hyperactivity or variations of these. The condition makes it difficult for individuals with ADHD to display natural spontaneous reactions, be it with speech or actions.

ADHD symptoms usually appear in children by the age of six. Sometimes, however, it isn't easy to distinguish this since many children at this stage can be naturally very active and appear to have some inattention. The best way to tell if observed symptoms may be part of ADHD is if these symptoms occur repeatedly and/or are negatively impacting the child's school performance and social life. Another way to know for sure would be to undergo ADHD testing to get a proper ADHD diagnosis.

When you think about ADHD, you usually picture a child who is out of control, often causing a disruption. But since the condition is different for every person, there are actually three different types of symptoms that could indicate that someone is suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

These types are classified into three categories:

  • Inattentive
  • Hyperactive
  • A combination of inattentive and hyperactive

According to experts, it is this third type that is the most common of all.

Inattentive Signs of ADHD

Children with inattentive ADHD symptoms are often harder to distinguish since their behavior is not disruptive. Their inattentiveness, however, often gets them in trouble. Forgetfulness, the tendencies to not follow instructions, under performing at school or social withdrawal are often the results of a child suffering from this type.

Hyperactive Signs of ADHD

The disruptive child symptoms is considered to be the most obvious symptom of ADHD. While young children are naturally active and playful, a child affected by this disorder is not only hyperactive, he or she tends to be impatient, disruptive or even destructive - always fidgeting and fussing about.

Combination Type of ADHD

The basic symptom of a child that has the combination inattentive and hyperactive type of ADHD is that he or she can be very impulsive and rash with actions and reactions. This child has a problem with self-control and may display tactless and intrusive behavior. The child may also become moody and emotional.

Managing the Symptoms of ADHD

Whatever the signs of ADHD are, a child suffering from the disorder can become a huge problem if left unacknowledged or untreated. Struggling with schoolwork or a difficulty in getting along with friends can lead to stress and low self-esteem, which the child may carry till the adult years. With the right support from family, managing ADHD can bring a dramatic change.

Parents must seek the help of a professional in order to assess what can be done with a child displaying ADHD symptoms. The condition will not go away, but the symptoms can diminish if handled the right way.

Minimize distractions and stress around a child with ADHD by doing some of the following:

  • Changing his or her activities
  • Coming up with a good exercise and diet plan
  • Modifying the home or school environment

Therapy also helps effectively, as well as education, training and seminars not just for the child but also for the parent or adult taking care of them. Some doctors may even prescribe medication to manage mood swings or anxiety.


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