3 Primary ADHD Symptoms in Children

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD symptoms in children may at first seem like deliberate disobedience to a parent, a teacher or child care giver. The truth is that the child is not being willfully disobedient; the behavior is merely a symptom of the mental disorder that he is suffering from.

ADHD has three primary symptoms and these are listed as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Each of these is a contributing factor to the symptomatic behavior of a child suffering from this mental disorder.

3 Primary ADHD Symptoms in Children

1. Inattention

The wandering of attention is the most commonly perceived of the ADHD symptoms in children. The child is seen to be easily distracted and gets bored easily. Parents feel that the child is not even trying to focus on what is being said to him. Instructions given to him are often unheard. He has trouble trying to stay focused on doing mundane chores and tasks that he has been assigned to complete.

The parent may feel that the child is often forgetful and has trouble with complex tasks that need an organized thinking process. The child often does not know where he has placed a certain belonging or procession. He is prone to losing or misplacing his things. There is a general tendency to look lost and surprised when spoken to.

2. Hyperactivity

This means that the child is usually credited with a high level of physical activity and may spill over into verbal activity. The care giver who sees these ADHD symptoms in children may describe them as beingunable to sit still. They may also say that the child can talk up a storm. There is a feeling of constant motion around the child.

Even when asked to sit down the child will be extremely restless and will have some mannerism such as shaking a leg, fidgeting with the hands or just tapping the table or anything else in front of them. Some of this behavior can get the children into serious trouble in school, or cause them problems in their social environment.

 3. Impulsivity

This is amongst the most annoying ADHD symptoms in children. They take no time to think about how they are behaving or responding to some situation or something that way said to them. They may cut in on other people’s conversations and be considered very rude.

They may run through some chore list without listening to the instructions and get things done incorrectly. They have no ability to control their impulses. This impulsive behavior can be the source of trouble in both social and school environments for the child.

These ADHD symptoms in children can show up in isolated forms or as a combination. There can be three primary forms of the disease. The first is the combined type which displays all three classic symptoms. The second is predominantly inattentive where as the name suggests there is inattention and no significant display of the other two symptoms. The third is predominantly hyperactive – impulsive.

In a child suffering from any combination of this developmental disorder the primary cause is considered to be genetic. The risk of developing this disorder is higher if there is a family history of ADHD.

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