ADD symptoms in children can be seen in early childhood, and recognized easily, if you know what to look for. ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, is also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD.
How to catch ADD Symptoms in children
A lot of people tend to generalize ADD children as hyperactive, always jumping around and being unmanageable. This is a myth. Children with ADD can also be quiet and reserved, and seemingly shy. The spectrum of symptoms varies between children. Some of the ADD symptoms in children are given below.
There are three major features that are seen:
These children are not usually hyperactive. On the contrary, they are quiet and unremarkable, except that they might be getting into trouble more often for not paying attention. This is one reason why this type of ADD often gets overlooked. Inattentive ADD symptoms in children include:
- lack of focus, and easily getting distracted.
- lose their homework or toys or games a lot, and often forget about it.
- get bored with tasks very quickly.
- do not pay attention and make careless mistakes in what they are doing.
- do not remember things they are told.
Hyperactivity and Inattentiveness:
This is the most recognized form of ADD symptoms in children. These children are clinically hyperactive. They simply cannot stop moving, or fidgeting, or picking things up, or running around. Hyperactivity symptoms include:
- Always moving around, running or climbing, and seemingly not tiring at all.
- constantly fidgeting, even when they’re supposed to be ‘behaving’ or sitting still.
- talking excessively, and non stop.
- often short tempered, getting into a lot of scrapes.
Hyperactivity, Inattentiveness, and Impulsiveness:
The added feature of impulsiveness in the symptoms, creates a few awkward situations for the children and the patients. The element of ‘impulsiveness’ means that the children do not censor what they are saying, and make inappropriate observations or comments, because they do not identify them as “rude”. Symptoms of impulsiveness include:
- Frequent temper tantrums, or angry outbursts.
- Interrupting others often. adults and friends, especially noticeable in class.
- Asking inappropriate questions.
- Impatience,being excessively moody of emotional.
Problems mistakenly taken as ADD symptoms in children
- Hormonal problems
- Learning disabilities
- Traumatic experiences
- Psychological disorders
- Behavioral disorders
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