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Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention and/or hyperactive-impulsive behavior. In order to be diagnosed, the condition must cause significant impairment in at least two settings, usually meaning a child's symptoms are present both at home and at school. Find below some common signs and symptoms of the disorder:


  • Failing to pay close attention to details or making careless mistakes when doing schoolwork or other activities
  • Trouble keeping attention focused during age-appropriate play or tasks
  • Appearing not to listen or hear when spoken to
  • Failing to follow instructions or finish age-appropriate tasks
  • Avoiding tasks that require a high amount of mental effort and organization, such as school projects
  • Frequently losing items required to facilitate tasks or activities, such as school supplies
  • Excessive distractibility/ Forgetfulness

Hyperactive and Impulsive behavior:

  • Excessive fidgeting with hands or feet or squirming in seat
  • Leaving seat often, even when inappropriate
  • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
  • Difficulty in quiet play
  • Frequently feeling restless
  • Excessive speech
  • Answering a question before the speaker has finished
  • Failing to await one’s turn
  • Interrupting the activities of others at inappropriate times

It is important to remember that while all children experience inattention or hyperactivity occasionally, ADHD is characterized by the excessive presence of these symptoms so that they impair a child's ability to function in everyday life in more than one setting. A diagnosis is generally made only if a child has experienced six symptoms from the above categories for at least three months. Click here for more detailed information on diagnosis and a description of the three subtypes of the disorder.

If your child’s long-term issues with inattention, hyper behavior, and impulsivity are preventing his or her success, we invite you to consider the Brain Balance Program. Contact us today to learn more.

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