Attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome, or ADHD, is a neurobehavioral disorder that starts to exhibit symptoms in early childhood. It is generally characterized by the child’s inability to focus on and understand things that children in that age range usually do. Often, this is accompanied by the child’s hyperactive behavior which shows signs of impulsiveness.
So, how can you tell or begin to suspect that your child suffers from ADHD and know it is time to consult a doctor?
A balanced observation of the child by the parent at home, school or with friends will provide some pointers on the existence of the condition. Here is a list of some key symptoms that a child with ADHD exhibits. They may exhibit some or a combination of some of these symptoms:
1. Inability to stay focused on an activity such as a conversation, instructions, a game, a lesson, reading, writing or on any task that will take more than a couple of minutes.
2. The child may exhibit mildly uncoordinated motor skills though he/she runs excessively and moves and fidgets a lot.
3. Such children tend to talk excessively.
4. The child will move from one situation or thing to another quickly getting distracted easily.
5. The child may show signs of poor recall/memory.
6. An ADHD afflicted child may have difficulty in listening and keeping to instructions given by parents or teachers.
7. The ADHD child gets confused and bored easily with activities around them. Thus, they often find escape through daydreaming.
8. They may have problems with organizing things in order.
9. An afflicted child shows inattention and disinterest with the on-goings in his/her surroundings.
10. Shows restlessness in places where sitting or standing is required for some duration.
11. The child may interrupt others in their work.
12. The child may display signs of impatience in complying with form or order, such as playing quietly, waiting for their turn when being served or asking questions.
Gender-based differences are visible in ADHD patients. It has been found that ADHD boys are more impulsive than inattentive and it works the other way around for girls who suffer from ADHD.