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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with development or daily functioning (National Institutes of Mental Health, 2020).
There are three types of ADHD: inattentive (e.g., difficulty sustaining focus, low persistence, disorganization); hyperactive (e.g., fidgeting or constantly on the go, restlessness); and impulsive (e.g., hasty decision making, desire for immediate rewards, inability to delay gratification, social intrusiveness).
Signs and Symptoms
- Poor attention to detail and careless mistakes
- Trouble sustaining attention in tasks, play or other activities
- Poor listening skills and/or excessive talking
- Difficulty following instructions or failing to finish schoolwork, chores, etc.
- Difficulty maintaining organization in tasks
- Avoidance of tasks requiring ongoing mental effort
- Easily distracted
- Losing belongings such as homework, books, wallet, keys, etc.
- Forgetfulness in daily activities
- Constantly on the go
- Trouble sitting still, fidgeting, or squirming
- Difficulty remaining seated in situations where it is expected
- Excessive running or climbing in situations that are inappropriate
- Difficulty playing or working on tasks quietly
- Excessive talking, difficulty waiting turn, blurting out answers or finishing sentences prematurely
- Low birth weight
- Brain injury
- Exposure to environmental toxins during pregnancy or in early childhood
- Substance use during pregnancy