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Attention-Deficit - Hyperactivity Disorder in Children Symptoms


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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is sometimes called ADHD. It is a chronic condition and the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder among children and adolescents, and affects between 3 and 5 percent of school-aged children in a 6-month period (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999).

Children and adolescents diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a difficult time controlling their behavior in school and social settings. They tend to be accident-prone as well. Many children and adolescents with this disorder may not earn high grades in school, but will have normal or above-normal intelligence.

There are three types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. They are:

  • Inattentive

  • Hyperactive-impulsive

  • Combined attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (the most common of all three types)

    Inattentive type symptoms include:

  • Short attention spans

  • Easily distracted

  • Does not pay attention to details

  • Makes many mistakes

  • Fails to finish things

  • Has trouble remembering things

  • Does not seem to listen

  • Is not able to stay organized

    Hyperactive-impulsive type symptoms include:

  • Fidget and squirm

  • Unable to stay seated or play quietly

  • Run or climb too much or when they should not

  • Talk too much or when they should not

  • Blurt out answers before questions are completed

  • Have trouble taking turns

  • Interrupt others

    Combined attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms include:

  • A combination of the inattentive and the hyperactive-impulsive type symptoms

    When is a diagnosis of one of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders made?

  • When children have several of the above symptoms that begin before age 7 and last at least 6 months

  • In general, the symptoms have to be observed in at least two different settings, such as home and school

    Source: SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center

    Disclaimer: The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All health concerns should be addressed by a qualified health care professional.

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