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What are the symptoms of attention deficit disorder?

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  • The symptoms include: Trouble paying attention (easily side-tracked)
  • Doesn't like or avoids long mental tasks (such as homework)
  • Trouble staying on task during school, at home, or even at play
  • Disorganized and seems forgetful
  • Doesn't appear to listen when directly spoken to
  • Doesn't pay close attention to details
  • Loses things often
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Struggles to follow through with instructions Children with this subtype of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may go undiagnosed because the symptoms may be chalked up to daydreaming.

From: ADD vs. ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: "About ADHD."

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

American Psychiatric Association: "About DSM-5."

CDC: "ADHD: Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Understood: "What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?"

CDC: "CDC's ADHD Checklist for Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 22, 2016

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: "About ADHD."

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

American Psychiatric Association: "About DSM-5."

CDC: "ADHD: Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Understood: "What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?"

CDC: "CDC's ADHD Checklist for Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 22, 2016

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