Common ADHD Symptoms and Signs

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that can make it difficult for you to operate in a variety of settings, including the workplace, school, and even your household.
Although ADHD can manifest as difficulties in daily life, both children and adults can exhibit a variety of symptoms that can be challenging to identify.
The average age at which mild ADHD is diagnosed in children is seven years old. ADHD is typically diagnosed in children by the time they are teenagers. Adults with ADHD can have displayed complex early symptoms that were disregarded, resulting in a late diagnosis later in life.
We'll go through some of the typical symptoms of ADHD in kids and adults below, along with advice on how to manage the condition and resources for support. 

Signs of ADHD in Children

Inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity, or a mix of the two are the main symptoms of ADHD. Someone with ADHD may struggle to focus and stay organized, exhibit excessive pacing or restlessness, and struggle with self-control or impulsive behaviors.
This may result in symptoms that manifest at home, in daycare, or at school in young children or toddlers with ADHD, including:
  • Trouble focusing on activities and becoming easily distracted
  • Low attention span while playing or doing schoolwork
  • Fidgeting, squirming, or otherwise having trouble sitting still
  • Constantly needing movement or frequently running around
  • Engaging in activities loudly or disruptively
  • Excess talking and interrupting other people
Symptoms of ADHD in Teenagers

Children with ADHD may have different symptoms as they age. Throughout certain situations, childhood symptoms may become less bothersome in adolescence, while new symptoms may appear as a result of the shifting responsibilities that come with getting older.

Other symptoms that can manifest in adolescents and teenagers with ADHD include:
  • difficulty focusing on schoolwork or other work
  • frequently making mistakes while doing work
  • trouble finishing tasks, especially schoolwork or chores
  • trouble with task organization and time management
  • frequently forgetting things or losing personal items
  • frequently avoiding mentally taxing tasks
  • experiencing increased frustration and emotional sensitivity
  • trouble navigating social and familial relationships
  • increased conflict with parents due to ADHD symptoms affecting the home life

It’s important to understand that while these symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can sometimes cause adolescents and teenagers with this condition to appear “immature,” they are simply a part of ADHD and have nothing to do with a child’s maturity level.

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