How to Tell the Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Though most people have heard of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, some might not know what it is or even that there can be different forms of this condition.
Children are not the only sufferers of ADHD, and its symptoms involve more than an inability to pay attention to a task or the ability to sit or stand still for a period of time. Other symptoms are lack of impulse control and, in adults, difficulty in maintaining a job or even a personal relationship. An adult or teenager might also find him or herself being simply restless as opposed to hyperactive.
Other symptoms of ADHD are:
- Carelessness and inattentiveness that lead to mistakes that other people could easily notice and correct.
- The inability to finish tasks, which might be caused by the inability to give them the attention needed to complete them.
- Jumping from one uncompleted activity to another
- Inability to listen to a teacher, employer or other person. The person easily loses his or her train of thought and may interrupt when another person is speaking.
- Easy distractability
- Impatience and a great difficulty in waiting their turn
Diagnosing ADHD in children can be problematic, as most children have times when they’re hyperactive or inattentive. This might not even be seen as a problem until the child enters school. In some forms of ADHD, the symptoms need to present themselves before the child is seven years old and have to be present for at least six months. These symptoms include fidgeting, getting up and running around without permission, talking out of turn and an overall inability to be calm and quiet.
ADHD symptoms also need to be observed in more than one place. For example, a patient can’t merely show hyperactivity or an inability to concentrate in school but not at home or work. ADHD symptoms need to present at at least two of these settings, and they must interfere with the person’s ability to function well at home, school, work or social situations.
Medical professionals also recognize three types of ADHD. There is the combined type, where the patient is impulsive and/or hyperactive and inattentive. In inattentive ADHD, the patient finds it hard to concentrate or pay attention to a person or task. In the hyperactive-impulsive type of ADHD, the person is hyperactive but is able to pay attention.
Fortunately, the symptoms of ADHD often ease as the child grows up. This is especially true of the hyperactivity associated with the condition.