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My DS has ADHD and when he was little he was always so hyper. I used to say that he had ants in his pants. He would never walk, always run, and even bump into walls. Then when he started talking he just wouldn't stop.
At first I figured he was just being a boy and very active, but once he started grade 1 you could tell that he was having a real hard time sitting still and concentrating. He is almost 9 and here are his symptoms. I only got him assessed now, but I've known for the past 3 years that 99% he had ADHD.
- can't sit still, not even to eat, without getting up all the time or squirming around.
- constant chatterbox
- gets right into your face when he's talking, no personal space
- he'll walk right through people and doesn't even realize he's done it
- he is very focused on one thing (his games) and will constantly talk abou it
- he has no filter, will say out loud whatever comes to his mind, without thinking about concequences
- he'll do something without thinking about the concequences and when he gets in trouble has a huge fit, but doesn't learn from his mistake and will just do the same thing next time
- very hard time concentrating on his work, gets distracted easily by other thoughts or other people
- needs to be told multiple times to do something
- sometimes he forgets what he was supposed to do a few minutes later because he got distracted.
- doesn't realize that he's distracting others even if they tell him to stop
I may have missed something, but that pretty much sums it up.
If you suspect that something is unusual about your child's behaviour, I highly suggest to speak to a pediatrician. It took me a long time to stop being in denial that something wasn't right. And it also took me a long time to find the right doctor who had experience with ADHD and to get my DS help at school. Don't wait too long!! Good luck!