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Characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD-Inattentive Type

At Symptoms of inattention:

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities

  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities

  • Often does not seem to listen to what is being said

  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to defiant behavior or failure to understand instructions)

  • Often has difficulties organizing tasks and activities

  • Often avoids or strongly dislikes tasks (such as schoolwork or homework) that require sustained mental effort

  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (school assignments, pencils, books, tools, or toys)

  • Often is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

  • Often forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of Hyperactivity and Impulsive Behavior: ADHD

ADHD-Hyperactive Type

  • Hyperactivity evidenced by fidgeting with hands or feet, squirming in seat

  • Hyperactivity evidenced by leaving seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected

  • Hyperactivity evidenced by running about or climbing excessively in situations where this behavior is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, this may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)

  • Hyperactivity evidenced by difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

  • Impulsivity evidenced by blurting out answers to questions before the questions have been completed

  • Impulsivity evidenced by showing difficulty waiting in lines or awaiting turn in games or group situations