ADHD Signs and Symptoms

In today's society, ADHD is a diagnosis most parents have heard about, but may or may not know much about. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, affects approximately 3-5% of children in the U.S. A child with ADHD struggles with organizational skills, socialization, and poor impulse control. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment options will help you the parent to make informed choices for your child's care.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder is a disorder that's primary symptoms are inattentiveness, poor impulse control, and/or hyperactivity. There are three subtypes of ADHD.

  • Predominately Inattentive subtype - These children have a hard time staying focused and on task, but rarely are impulsive or hyperactive. They may be forgetful and easily distracted.
  • Predominately Hyperactive-Impulsive subtype - These are the squirmers and wigglers. They have difficulty staying seated and may talk incessantly. These children often act before thinking and have a difficult time waiting their turn.
  • Combined subtype - These children display symptoms form both predominately inattentive subtype & predominately hyperactive-impulsive subtype.

Symptoms of ADHD

The chart below provides symptoms based on the DSM-IV criteria for diagnosing ADHD.

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By Purple_Chic13 on 01/25/13 at 1:18 am

This information was very helpful!! My 7yr old daughter displays all of the symptoms in the 'Inattentive' group!! Before I read this article, we had tak  ...

By Ellemphriem on 10/24/09 at 12:49 am

It's funny, till now in some remote areas of Greece and in the mainland of course the above is what we called a 'devil' little child with a smile on our  ...

By Motherof3 on 10/15/09 at 9:25 pm

This information was a big help. My oldest child has prety much every symptom in A and B. I guess it is time to take her to the doctor. I have thought s  ...

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