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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Symptoms

The three types of ADHD symptoms include:

  • Trouble paying attention (inattention). People with ADHD are easily distracted. They have a hard time focusing on any one task.
  • Trouble sitting still for even a short time (hyperactivity).Children with ADHD may squirm, fidget, or run around at the wrong times. Teens and adults often feel restless and fidgety. They aren't able to enjoy reading or other quiet activities.
  • Acting before thinking (impulsivity). People with ADHD may talk too loud, laugh too loud, or become angrier than the situation calls for. Children may not be able to wait for their turn or to share. This makes it hard for them to play with other children. Teens and adults may make quick decisions that have a long-term impact on their lives. They may spend too much money or change jobs often.

These symptoms affect all people who have ADHD. But typical behavior varies by age.

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WebMD’s ADHD Guide gives you the latest findings on how to self-manage ADHD symptoms. But if you want even more information, here are resources that can help you find it. There are a number of ADHD organizations on the Internet that can help you find out about topics such as learning disabilities, adult and adolescent ADHD, the latest clinical trials, and advocacy groups for people with ADHD. One of these is CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). CHADD is a leading...

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Last Updated: February 02, 2012
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