SYMPTOMS OF ADHD

Children go through phases where they seem agitated, unsettled or inattentive. This is understandably normal and does not mean they definitely have ADHD.

EARLY SYMPTOMS OF ADHD CHILDREN & TEENAGERS

  • During early school years, children are expected to meet higher demands that represent significant changes, such as established schedules, to remain seated, assign time to do their homework, but most of all, demands that require self-control and continuous attention.

  • These may be usual demands for most children, but for children with ADHD, they are not that easy to overcome. That’s why most of the diagnosis are made when the child is admitted to the school.

  • It’s sometimes easy for parents and even teachers to confuse ADHD for other issues. Children who are sit silently and act correctly in school may actually not be paying attention. Children who show hyperactivity might just have disciplinary trouble.

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LATER SYMPTOMS OF ADHD ADULTS

Symptoms of ADHD adults

ADHD has been considered a childhood condition; however,

more than 50% of children and teenagers with ADHD keep the diagnose until adulthood.

It may be difficult to diagnose because most symptoms disappear or lose strength (especially hyperactive symptoms). Attention difficulties are more evident while trying to complete work tasks and responsibilities.

Diagnosis can also be difficult because adults may present other psychiatric pathologies (comorbidity) that could interfere in the ADHD diagnosis. Pathologies may be related to substance abuse, anxiety or mood disorders, etc.

SYMPTOMS OF ADHD IN ADULTS

Hyperactivity

  • Trouble getting organized.

  • Work addiction.

  • Overloaded schedule.

  • Restlessness or trouble relaxing.

Inattention

  • Extremely distracted.

  • Poor listening skills.

  • Procrastination.

  • Lateness.

  • Trouble multitasking.

Attention deficit is evident in activities that require long-term attention and high concentration levels. This deficit may cause occupational problems.

Impulsivity

  • Angry outbursts.

  • Frequent mood swings.

  • Difficulty prioritizing issues.

  • Reckless driving resulting in traffic accidents.

  • Lack of control.

  • Impatience.

Impulsivity symptoms tend to cause social problems at work, with family, and friends.

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