Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

While some behaviors associated with ADHD are "normal" and not a cause for concern to most people, someone with ADHD will have trouble controlling these behaviors and will show them much more frequently and for longer than 6 months.

Signs of inattention include:

  • Becoming easily distracted, and jumping from activity to activity.

  • Becoming bored with a task quickly.

  • Difficulty focusing attention or completing a single task or activity.

  • Trouble completing or turning in homework assignments.

  • Losing things such as school supplies or toys.

  • Not listening or paying attention when spoken to.

  • Daydreaming or wandering with lack of motivation.

  • Difficulty processing information quickly.

  • Struggling to follow directions.

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Signs of hyperactivity include:
  • Fidgeting and squirming, having trouble sitting still.

  • Non-stop talking.

  • Touching or playing with everything.

  • Difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities

Signs of impulsivity include:
  • Impatience.

  • Acting without regard for consequences, blurting things out.

  • Difficulty taking turns, waiting or sharing.

  • Interrupting others.