Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD  is one of the most common childhood behavioral disorder that can continue into adolescence  and adulthood. This disorder makes it difficult for children to control their  activity level and what is going on around them. These kids act without thinking, are hyperactive and have trouble focusing. It is common for little kids to behave this way but when it happens over a long period of time at different settings, it is likely to be ADHD. However you should note that with proper treatment , children with this disorder  are able to successfully manage and live with their symptoms.



What are the symptoms of ADHD ?


Symptoms of ADHD varies . There are 3 main types of ADHD ,  inattentive ADHD (previously called ADD), hyperactive-impulsive ADHD and combined ADHD ( child has both inattentive and hyperactive symptoms).


During the diagnosis of this disorder, the doctor  will assess if a child behaves in a certain way, in more than one setting  for a period longer than 6 months. This behavior should be negatively affecting the child’s life at home, school and in social settings.


Signs of inattentive

  • trouble listening to what is being said
  • having difficulty focusing on one thing
  • being distracted,forget things , miss details and switching from one activity to another frequently
  • problems with organization
  • difficulty following instructions
  • have difficulty  processing information as quickly and accurately as others
  • daydream and become easily confused and move slowly
  • dislike task that require mental effort
  • have the tendency to lose things such as notebooks, homework, toys
  • becomes tired with a task only after a few minutes unless doing something fun

Signs of hyperactivity

  • excessive talking
  • fidget and squirms in their seat
  • difficulty remaining seated
  • excessive running and climbing
  • have difficulty doing quiet activities
  • always to seem to be on the go

Signs of impulsivity

  • very impatient
  • usually interrupting  others conversations or activities
  • have trouble taking turns or in line
  • blurting out answers before hearing the full question

The combined type is the combination of the 2 and the most common.   If you are the parent of a preschooler with these behaviors, you should note that most kids behave like this. However if it is a lot more than other kids and you are concerned, let your doctor know.


Content Sources
What is ADHD. Nemours Foundation. Accessed December 16, 2015

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. National institute of mental health. Accessed December 16, 2015

ADHD symptoms. Baby center. Accessed December 16,2015


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