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What Are The Symptoms ofADHD?

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Question: What Are The Symptoms of ADHD?
Answer: There are three primary characteristics of ADHD:
  1. Inattention
  2. Hyperactivity
  3. Impulsivity

The symptoms of ADHD usually appear in early childhood, but symptoms are often confused with other disorders or mistaken for normal childhood behaviors. In order for a child to receive appropriate intervention and treatment, it is important that a diagnosis is made by a well-qualified mental health professional.

Recognizing the Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity and impulsiveness tend to appear before inattentiveness. In many cases, symptoms only become apparent in specific situations. For example, a parent might not notice inattentive behavior because it does not cause major problems at home. However, inattentiveness will become more apparent when the child enters school and experiences academic difficulties due to inattentive behavior.

Hyperactivity and impulsivity draw greater notice because these symptoms lead to obvious behavioral problems and more disruptive behavior in school.

Most children display these behaviors at some point, but this behavior could be a sign of ADHD when hyperactivity, distractibility, poor concentration, or impulsivity negatively impact school performance, social functioning, or family life.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), there are three patterns of behavior that indicate ADHD:
  1. Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, who do not exhibit significant inattention.
  2. Predominantly inattentive type, who do not show significant hyperactive-impulsive behavior, occasionally referred to as ADD.
  3. Combined type, who display both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.
Source: (1996) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder National Institute of Mental Health

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