ADHD symptoms in your children

ADHD is one of the most common childhood psychiatric conditions, affecting approximately 3-5% of children. It’s also estimated that around two thirds of children affected by hyperactivity disorders will continue to have problems in adulthood – which is why it’s vital to be aware of the symptoms of ADHD in your child, so, if necessary, you can help find an effective treatment plan that will allow them to grow and flourish in adulthood. The core symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which can be difficult to pick up when most children are active and always on-the-go. What’s important to note is that any of these symptoms need to be present for at least six months, have had their onset from the age of twelve, be causing functional impairment and, most importantly, six or more of these symptoms need to be present in more than one setting, for example, at home, school and in social situations. Here’s a round-up of the symptoms of ADHD and how they might present in a child:

Inattention

  • Doesn’t pay attention to detail
  • Careless mistakes
  • Doesn’t listen when spoken to directly
  • Doesn’t finish homework
  • Can’t finish chores because they lose interest
  • Difficulty organising tasks and activities
  • Reluctant to engage in tasks that require concentration
  • Constantly loses things
  • Easy distracted and forgetful

Hyperactivity

  • Fidgeting with hands or feet
  • Squirming in seat
  • Leaves the classroom often
  • Runs around in inappropriate situations
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Always on the go
  • Excessive talkingImpulsivity

Impulsivity

  • Blurts out answers before questions are completed
  • Difficulty waiting their turn (e.g. often push in, jump the queue or grow frustrated waiting)
  • Interrupts and intrudes on others

The symptoms mentioned above are a general guide for picking up the signs of ADHD in children.

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