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- Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD in children) facts
- What is ADD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
- What are risk factors and causes of ADHD in children?
- What are childhood ADHD symptoms and signs?
- How is ADHD assessed? Are there ADHD tests? What types of doctors diagnose and treat ADHD in children?
- What are the treatments for ADHD in children? What are possible side effects of ADHD medications?
- What are complications and the prognosis of ADHD in children?
- Is it possible to prevent ADHD in children?
- What is the latest research on ADHD in children?
- Are there support groups for children with ADHD?
- Where can people find more information on ADHD in children?
Quick GuideADHD Pictures Slideshow: Symptoms in Children
What are childhood ADHD symptoms and signs?
Symptoms of ADD/ADHD include the following:
- Often makes careless mistakes or has problems paying attention to detail
- Poor concentration during tasks or leisure activities
- Does not seem to be listening and appears to zone out when spoken to directly
- Frequently fails to complete instructions or to complete work tasks or chores
- Often has trouble organizing a task or activity
- Short attention span
- Frequently avoids, dislikes, or resists participating in activities that require sustained concentration due to difficulty focusing
- Repeatedly loses things needed to complete tasks or activities
- Easily distracted by extraneous input or unrelated thoughts
- Frequent forgetfulness/absentmindedness
- Often engages in fidgeting or tapping hands or feet
- Frequently has trouble staying seated
- Frequent restlessness or boredom
- Has trouble engaging in leisure activities quietly
- Engages in multiple activities at once
- Often talks excessively
- Repeatedly interrupts others talking
- Trouble waiting his or her turn
- Often intrudes on others
The fact that children with ADHD may be able to highly focus on activities they enjoy, even excessively, does not mean that they do not have the condition. The difference in attention of ADHD children is that they tend to be less able to pay attention consistently, particularly when required to complete less pleasurable activities. Their trouble sitting still may involve engaging in behaviors like running or climbing in situations where it is unsafe or otherwise inappropriate. While symptoms like insomnia, irritability, tantrums, otherwise quick temper or difficulty managing their anger, as well as low frustration tolerance, are not specific to ADHD or required for its diagnosis, many children, teens, and adults with this illness have these symptoms.