Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Inattentive (classic ADD)
- Easily distracted by sights and sounds
- Doesn't pay attention to detail
- Doesn't seem to listen when spoken to
- Makes careless mistakes
- Doesn't follow through on instructions or tasks
- Avoids or dislikes activities that require longer periods of mental effort
- Loses or forgets items necessary for tasks
- Is forgetful in day-to-day activities
- Has difficulty organizing tasks
- Hyperfocuses on certain activities
- Has difficulty with transitions
- Is restless, fidgets, and squirms
- Runs and climbs and is not able to stay seated
- Has difficulty playing quietly
- Talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before hearing the entire question
- Interrupts others
- Has difficulty waiting in line or waiting for turn
Combined (most common type)
- Has a combination of the above symptoms
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- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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