Is it ADHD? Recognizing the Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Although casually diagnosed by many “armchair physicians,” ADHD is not as common as some people believe. Did you know that Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) actually has three different manifestations? Understanding which type of ADHD you or your child has will lead to finding the best treatment plan for that specific form of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.

  1. Combined ADHD, which is the most frequent kind, includes all ADHD symptoms.
  2. Inattentive ADHD, originally ADD, is usually recognized as impaired attention span and weak concentration skills, the class ADHD symptoms of inattentiveness and hyperactivity.
  3. Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD is described as being extremely active but lacking attention skills.

Diagnosing ADHD

In most cases of ADHD, the symptoms are recognized and diagnosed before age 7. To be considered true ADHD, the inability to function must be present in at least two areas. For example, patients may exhibit ADHD symptoms at home as well as at a public event like the movies.

Most Common Symptoms of ADHD

There are many ADHD symptoms, but they are usually accompanied by one of these three main ADHD symptoms: lack of attentiveness, acting on impulse, and hyperactivity.

Lack of attentiveness probably won’t be noticed unless a child demonstrates that at school. The ADHD symptoms include inattentiveness to minor things as well as high risk of performing careless mistakes, being extremely attracted to inappropriate stimulation that may cause the person to interrupt regular functions, no apparent ability to focus on relevant topics, symptoms in finishing activities that take focus, constant changing of tasks, pondering work, obtaining disorderly habits, forgetting simple appointments or events such as forgetting a backpack or suitcase, and common changes in conversing.

Hyperactivity symptoms can be found in children as young as 3. These symptoms may present as writhing around in their seat or a constant need to move. Hyperactivity can change depending on the age of the child as well as their stage in development.

Impulsiveness is another symptom of ADHD and can include inability to wait, having trouble holding back their replies, and starting a talk at the wrong time.

All or some of these ADHD symptoms could pertain to your child’s behavior. Therefore, it is vital to have those ADHD symptoms evaluated by a qualified physician, so the appropriate treatment can be rendered.

Is it Really ADHD

It’s important to note that lots of children display the ” symptoms of ADHD” — short attention spans, inability to sit still — but, in most cases this is entirely normal. Almost all kids display this behavior at one time or another, that is why recognizing the real symptoms of ADHD can be so important. If you suspect that your child may have ADHD, consult your physician.

ADHD in Adults

One little talked about fact is that ADHD is not only targeted at kids and adolescents. Adults may also suffer from the disorder, and unfortunately often go undiagnosed because when adults have ADHD, the signs are different. ADHD in adults may present as restlessness rather than extreme hyperactivity. Adult symptoms of ADHD negatively affect personal and professional relationships even though the individual may have no idea why. Although the symptoms are different, treatment can still help.

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