Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms of inattention.

12/8/20221 min read

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder found in children, teens, and adults. Its core symptoms are inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. In an adult with ADHD, symptoms of hyperactivity may be less however difficulties with inattention, poor planning, and impulsivity may persist. These symptoms can appear at home, work or school, or in social settings. It's normal for preschoolers to have short attention spans and have times when it's hard to control their bodies. Even in older children and teenagers, attention span often depends on the level of interest. For a diagnosis of ADHD to be made, symptoms must be present in two or more settings. ADHD can make it a challenge for children with this diagnosis to do well in school. Children with ADHD may also struggle with low self-esteem and troubled relationships. Learning strategies to be successful and accommodations in the school and home environment can help to lessen the effect of ADHD on their learning.

Symptoms of Inattention that must occur OFTEN:

  • Makes careless mistakes and lacks attention to details

  • Difficulty paying attention to tasks or while playing

  • Seems to not listen when spoken to directly

  • Fails to follow through on instructions, schoolwork, or chores

  • Difficulty organizing tasks and activities

  • Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to participate in tasks requiring sustained mental effort

  • Loses things

  • Easily distracted

  • Forgetful in daily activities

    Symptoms of Hyperactivity that must occur OFTEN:

  • Talk too much

  • Have difficulty waiting for their turn

  • Interrupt on others' conversations or activities

  • Be on the go, constant motion

  • Fidget or tap his feet, squirm in the seat

  • Run around or climb in situations when it's not appropriate