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ADHD Symptoms in Children

written by: Olive Estrella Coronado • edited by: Linda Richter • updated: 3/12/2011

Sometimes, it may seem difficult to tell if a child really has ADHD or not. Each child is different and can have varying symptoms. Would you like to know the list of ADHD symptoms in children? Read on to learn more.

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    Common Symptoms

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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or the condition commonly known as ADHD can present itself differently in various people. Not everyone has the same symptoms. In this list of ADHD symptoms in children you will find here a comprehensive list including the most common symptoms as well as some of the lesser-known symptoms. First, let’s take a look at the most prevalent.

    Hyperactivity is probably one of the most common symptoms of ADHD. For children that manifest this, they are unable to sit still and appear to be very antsy. They are always on the go and are constantly tinkering with and touching things.

    Another common symptom is inattention. Children who exhibit this have an extremely hard time paying attention and keeping their focus. They are easily distracted and can frequently forget what they are doing.

    Children with ADHD also change activities frequently. They can be doing one thing without finishing it and then the next moment starting something entirely different. This is due to the fact that they can be very impulsive. They tend to act without thinking. As a result, this can cause other difficulties because they can end up engaging in activities that may be harmful for them without even knowing it.

    Disorganization is another key symptom. If you look at an ADHD child’s book bag, you will see that there are papers everywhere and nothing is in folders; their lockers are very unorganized as well. They also tend to have extremely messy bedrooms at home.

    Also at home, they will frequently forget to do their chores. If a parent asks them to do something, they might start, switch to something else, and then forget what they were supposed to do in the first place.

    In the classroom, these students may frequently get out of their seats and move around the room. They may also run to help shed some of their energy. Due to the difficulties that ADHD presents, these children will probably also have very low grades in school. They also very rarely finish their homework.

    The last common symptom of ADHD is excessive talking. ADHD children may just be the chatty students in your classroom. A lot of times they will be talking without even realizing it. They seem to blurt out answers most of the time, without thinking first or with no awareness of the rules on recitation.

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    Other Symptoms

    Some other symptoms of ADHD are: having difficulty sitting quietly, having trouble following directions, not following through with instructions, blurting out answers, interrupting others, waiting for their turn with extreme difficulty, and starting conversations at inappropriate times.

    As you can see, the list of ADHD symptoms in children is very extensive. The symptoms present themselves differently in different children; no two children are alike. One does not have to manifest all the common symptoms to be diagnosed with this condition. You must also remember that there are different levels of ADHD, and those who have it may move from one level to another without a fixed period of time in any given level. If you are concerned that someone may have ADHD, take him to a specialist in order to receive the proper diagnosis.

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    Sources

    WebMd http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-symptoms

    ADHD News http://www.adhdnews.com/adhd-symptoms.htm

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