The condition known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD) is chronic and widespread. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, millions of children are affected by ADHD. Additionally, ADHD is not just a childhood condition; it also may continue into adulthood.
ADHD symptoms. In order to be treated for ADHD, a diagnosis must be obtained from a qualified doctor. Also, the signs and symptoms of ADHD must be apparent before the child reaches 7 years old. The Mayo Clinic affirms that it is possible for the symptoms of ADHD to occur in children as young as 2 years old. Symptoms of ADHD affect boys and girls differently. If symptoms last more than six months, occur both at school and home, and affects the child’s personal relationships, ADHD may be a factor.
Since ADHD is a combination of two components, the symptoms fall under two categories — inattention and hyperactivity impulsivity. These symptoms are used as the basis for an official opinion. See your doctor if you are concerned your child may have ADHD symptoms. Treatment can begin once your doctor diagnoses ADHD.
Symptoms of the attention deficit component include:
- Losing items
- Difficulty following instruction
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of attention when being spoken to
- Dislikes and avoids task that require extended concentration
- Makes careless errors
Symptoms of the impulsivity and hyperactivity component include:
- Running and climbing at inappropriate times
- Cannot sit still
- Cannot stay in his or her seat at school
- Cannot wait for his or her turn
- Squirmy and fidgety
- Seems driven by a motor
- Nonstop talking
- Blurting out questions or answers
- Interrupting people who are talking or performing a task