The three most common symptoms of those diagnosed with ADHD are hyperactivity, inattention and stark characteristics of impulsivity. Because young children often have these symptoms already, diagnosis of ADHD can be tricky depending on the child’s age and often times it is not diagnosed until years after the symptoms begin to show.
For children to be diagnosed with ADHD or any of the subcategories they must be clinically diagnosed with some of the symptoms and traits for a continual period of at least six months and those symptoms must be prominent and debilitating to higher degrees than what is usually seen in like aged children.
Some of these symptoms include:
- Being easily distracted or having the inability to stay on tasks for a period of time
- The inability to focus and remain attentive in activities or when being spoken to
- Exhibiting prominent hyperactivity
- Forgetting to do things or carry out objectives
- Becoming easily bored or showing a vast indifference or lack of interest in usual childhood activities, especially socializing
- Persistent daydreaming or not being attentive when given directives
- Inability to follow various instructions, pass in assignments on time or the inability to complete entire assignments.
Those that have more of the hyperactivity traits will often exhibit signs of:
- Being overly fidgety or not being able to sit still and quiet for periods of time
- Constantly need redirection
- Will make excuses to get up and walk around for no reason other than to be moving
- Consistently chatter or interrupt conversations when it is not appropriate to do so
- Have the inability to show restraint in their behaviors and emotions
- Be impatient; the inability to wait to be called upon or wait for their turn in activities
- Have difficulty completing tasks especially those that are in steps or where they need to do so quietly