ADHD symptoms for inattention may be present in a child who is easily distracted; forgetful, even in daily activities; fails to give close attention to details; and makes careless mistakes, explains Healthline. ADHD symptoms for hyperactivity and impulsivity include excessive talking, squirming, fidgeting and inability to play quietly.Continue Reading
To be diagnosed with ADHD, children up to age 16 must show six or more symptoms in inattention that are inappropriate for a child’s developmental level for at least six months, according to Healthline. Inattention behaviors include having trouble keeping attention on tasks or activities; ignoring a speaker, even when spoken to directly; inability to follow instructions or maintain focus; trouble with organization; and frequently losing vital things needed for tasks and activities.
Six or more symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity must also be present for at least six months for a diagnosis, notes Healthline. Disruptive and inappropriate behaviors include always being in motion; trouble waiting for a turn; running around or climbing in inappropriate situations; and intruding on and interrupting others. Additional criteria for diagnosis of ADHD require that several symptoms began showing before the age of 12; symptoms be present in more than one setting; symptoms interfere with a person’s functioning at school or work or impact ability to socialize with others; and symptoms not be explained by another condition, such as a psychotic disorder like a mood disorder or anxiety disorder.Learn more about Mental Health