Parents Guide to ADHD


ADHD Symptoms

Symptoms of ADHD are divided into two groups: inattentive behaviors and hyperactive and impulsive behaviors.

Inattentive symptoms of ADHD:

  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Is easily distracted
  • Doesn’t seem to be listening when spoken to directly
  • Has difficulty following instructions
  • Has trouble organizing
  • Avoids or dislikes sustained effort
  • Is forgetful, always losing things

Hyperactive or impulsive symptoms of ADHD:

  • Fidgeting or squirming, trouble staying in one place or waiting his turn
  • Excessive running and climbing
  • Trouble playing quietly
  • Extreme impatience
  • Always seems to be “on the go” or “driven by a motor”
  • Excessive talking or interrupting, blurting out answers

Some children exhibit only the first group ADHD of symptoms, and some exhibit only the latter. But the majority of those with an ADHD diagnosis have a combination of both, which can make it very difficult for them to function in school, and in other activities, and can create a lot of conflict at home.