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What symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity will a doctor look for when diagnosing ADHD in a child?

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The doctor will also look for at least 6 of these:

Many children have lots of energy, but that doesn’t mean they’re hyperactive. To count as ADHD, symptoms have to be extreme, cause problems for the child, and the child has to have had them for at least 6 months.

  • Fidgeting
  • Nonstop talking
  • Trouble doing quiet tasks
  • Running from place to place
  • Constantly jumping or climbing in inappropriate places
  • Impatience
  • Blurting out comments
  • Interrupting conversations
  • Trouble waiting for a turn

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cohn's Current Therapy 2012, ,

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 07, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Nemours Foundation: "What Is ADHD?"

Bope, E.T. and Kellerman, R.D. 1st edition Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Cohn's Current Therapy 2012, ,

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 07, 2019

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