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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
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.