Signs & Symptoms of ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD) is the diagnosis for an array of difficulties, but the common thread that unites all who have it is their difficulty in regulating attention—paying the right amount of attention for the appropriate amount of time. In addition, symptoms typically include distractibility, and often impulsivity and/or hyperactivity.
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Boys are three times more likely than girls to be screened for ADHD. Girls with ADHD may not act out in the classroom as boys often do, and therefore are not referred for evaluation as often as their male peers. Girls with ADHD may be quiet and cooperative, hoping not to be noticed. They may also present with physical complaints, anxiety, dreaminess or extreme disorganization.
- Inattentive (sometimes called ADD) does not include hyperactivity. A child may appear “spacey” or “not all there,” and often fails to pick up on some part of the information provided whether presented verbally or in writing.
- Hyperactive includes many of the stereotypical behaviors associated with ADHD such as constant fidgeting, shifting or moving, difficulty staying seated in school, and the inability to stay focused on one task.
- Impulsive is characterized by a tendency to act before thinking about consequences. It can impact academics (e.g., students jump to the wrong conclusion), teachers’ perceptions (e.g. students are thought to be “talking back”), and the likelihood of engaging in physically and socially risky behaviors.
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