Symptoms of ADHD
Even healthy children sometimes behave inattentively, hyperactively or impulsively. Especially in younger children, those behaviors may be perfectly normal. However, children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder do not outgrow many of these behaviors as their peers do and may find that they begin to affect their schoolwork, home life, and relationships with peers and adults.
Frequent symptoms of ADHD:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Frequent daydreaming
- Tendency not to listen when spoken to directly
- Tendency to get distracted while at school or at play
- Constantly in motion
- Difficulty staying seated
- Tendency to squirm or fidget
- Excessive talkativeness
- Inability to engage in quiet play
- Difficulty waiting his or her turn
- Tendency to interrupt others
Symptoms generally appear before age 7, and in some children may appear as early as 2 or 3 years old.