ADHD child with mother

Kids go through phases, and that includes periods of impossibly high energy and quiet fatigue. Because of that, it can be difficult to tell whether your kid might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially for anxious parents. Read on for a quick guide on some red flags that might signal ADHD. 

There isn’t a simple template for a child with ADHD.

ADHD can manifest differently in individuals, and they can:

1) be unfocused, distracted but quiet

2) be impulse-driven, easily excitable, but still able to focus

3) have all three main traits of ADHD: the inability to focus, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

Below is a simple list elaborating more on the three main traits of ADHD.

Inattentiveness:

  • Unable to concentrate on a task for a prolonged period of time, often daydreaming
  • Prone to forgetting instructions or losing belongings
  • Struggle with organizing and completing assignments

Impulsivity:

  •  Interrupt or make inappropriate and tactless comments
  • Struggle with reading the room
  • Find it difficult to control one’s emotions

Hyperactivity: 

  • Usually restless and constantly fidgeting
  • Talkative and energetic
  • Hot-tempered and prone to throwing tantrums

Remember that it is common for young children to experience several of these traits at a young age, but do consult your doctor if you feel like your child exhibits such signs frequently.

 

ADHD in Children. Help Guide. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-in-children.htm 

14 Signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). (2020, February 19). Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/signs#self-focused-behavior