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ADHD is a disorder that makes it difficult for someone to be able to pay attention and control impulse behaviors.  It also may make your child restless and almost constantly active.  Hyperactivity can improve as a child becomes a teen; other problems such as disorganization, poor impulse control, and inattention to detail often continue through the teen years and into adulthood.


People with ADHD often show an ongoing pattern of three symptom types, which tend to get in the way of functioning or development.  The main symptoms are difficulty paying attention, being overactive, and acting without thinking.

  • Overlook or miss details, make careless mistakes in schoolwork or during other activities
  • Having trouble waiting his or her turn
  • Have problems sustaining attention in tasks or play, including conversations, lectures, or lengthy reading
  • Seem to not listen when spoken to directly
  • Become easily distracted by unrelated thoughts or stimuli
  • Fidgeting and squirming while seated
  • Fail to not follow through on instructions, fail to finish schoolwork, chores, or start tasks but quickly lose focus and get easily sidetracked
  • Talking nonstop
  • Have problems organizing tasks and activities, such as doing tasks in sequence, keeping materials and belongings in order, keeping work organized, managing time, and meeting deadlines
  • Interrupting or intruding on others, for example in conversations, games, or activities
  • Avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as schoolwork or homework, or for teens and older adults, preparing reports, completing forms, or reviewing lengthy papers
  • Being unable to play or engage in hobbies quietly
  • Lose things necessary for tasks or activities, such as school supplies, pencils, books, eyeglasses, and cell phones
  • Getting up and moving around in situations when staying seated is expected
  • Running or dashing around or climbing in situations where it is inappropriate
  • Being constantly in motion or “on the go,” or acting as if “driven by a motor”
  • Blurting out an answer before a question has been completed, finishing other people’s sentences, or speaking without waiting for a turn in conversation

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