Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The person with ADHD who is inattentive will have 6 or more of the following symptoms:

  • Has difficulty following instructions
  • Has difficulty keeping attention on work or play activities at school, work and home
  • Loses things needed for activities at school, work and home
  • Appears not to listen
  • Doesn't pay close attention to details
  • Seems disorganized
  • Has trouble with tasks that require planning ahead
  • Forgets things
  • Is easily distracted

The person with ADHD who is hyperactive/impulsive will have at least 6 of the following symptoms:

  • Fidgety
  • Runs or climbs inappropriately
  • Can't play quietly
  • Blurts out answers
  • Interrupts people
  • Can't stay in seat
  • Talks too much
  • Is always on the go
  • Has trouble waiting his or her turn

People who have ADHD have symptoms for at least 6 months.

Source

Adult ADHD: Evaluation and Treatment in Family Medicine by HR Searight, Ph.D., JM Burke, Pharm.D. and F Rottnek, M.D. (American Family Physician November 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001101/2077.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/97

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