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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex mental disorder that has been known to affect a child’s performance in school as well as personal relationships. In recent times, ADHD has become overly diagnosed because the symptoms of it can vary and, in some cases, are difficult to recognize.
Here are seven signs that could indicate that your child has ADHD:
1. A very common sign of ADHD is the child’s inability to recognize other people’s needs and desires. A child with ADHD is likely to interrupt other people when they are talking and could have trouble waiting their turn.
2. Children with ADHD have been known to have difficulty keeping emotions under control - both good and bad. They could have outbursts of anger at inappropriate times and have been known to throw temper tantrums.
3. Another common sign of ADHD includes difficulties sitting still. They may try to get up and run when they are being forced to sit, or they will constantly fidget or squirm in their chair.
4. Many times, a child with ADHD will start a project, chore or homework but will leave it unfinished as they move on to another project that catches their eye.
5. Even when spoken to directly, a child may have trouble paying attention. Often times, they will say that they heard you, but if you ask them to repeat what you just said they won’t have any idea what it was.
6. Children with ADHD often have trouble following instructions that require planning and executing a plan, which could lead to careless mistakes.
7. Typically children with ADHD can sometimes be portrayed as rambunctious and loud but actually, that’s not always the case. The child may be more introverted than normal, spacey, and quiet.
It is important to remember that children act like children and they are all going to exhibit some of these behaviors. Kids will be kids but if you believe that you child is displaying regular signs of ADHD (a strong, regular occurrence of the symptoms listed above), think about taking their care to the next level by having your child tested.