ADHD: Signs and Symptoms

By: Jillian Curry

While most children have some trouble sitting still or paying attention in school, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, show a persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity across many different settings such as in school, at home, and on the playground.

Your child may be displaying symptoms of inattention if he/she shows difficulty remaining focused during play activities, lectures, and conversations, seems distracted when spoken to (even when there is no distraction present), and has difficulty following through on instructions because of a tendency to become sidetracked.

These symptoms of inattention may exist on their own and may suggest the possibility of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) with no signs of hyperactivity present. However, if this inattention is accompanied by symptoms of hyperactivity, the diagnosis of ADHD might be more accurate. Your child may be displaying symptoms of hyperactivity if he/she always seems to be fidgeting, is unable to stay still/seated, has difficulty waiting, and has a tendency to blurt things out or interrupt others.

To be considered ADHD, these symptoms must have been present before the age of 12 and must be significant enough that they impair daily functioning. If you are concerned that your child may be suffering from symptoms of ADHD, feel free to contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists for an evaluation.

Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services (201) 368-3700, (212) 722-1920

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Source: National Institute of Mental Health


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