ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a very complex mental health condition that not only could affect your child’s success at school, but how they interact with others. The problem with this particular disorder is that the symptoms associated with it do vary so it can prove challenging for us as parents to recognise that our child may be suffering from it.
Below are seven of the more common symptoms that may well indicate that your child is suffering from ADHD. But it is important to remember that many of these symptoms are within our child’s normal range. The only way for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made is through a medical professional evaluating your child using a specific set of criteria.
Symptom 1 – Interrupt Others
Have you noticed that when you are talking to someone that your child interrupts, or do they have problems waiting their turn when involved in activities at school or playing games with others. A child’s inability to recognise what other people’s needs or desires are is a very common symptom of them possibly having ADHD.
Symptom 2 – Outbursts Of Anger
Does your child suddenly get angry at times that seem inappropriate or have they started to suffer from temper tantrums more frequently. Temper tantrums is something that occurs more often in younger children and is something that should be mistaken from them suffering from what my mum use to refer to as the “terrible twos”. Children who suffer with this disorder will find it difficult to keep their emotions (both good and bad) in check.
Symptom 3 – Attention Cannot Be Sustained
All children have difficulty with maintaining any kind of attention for something for any period of time. However it is pretty easy to determine whether your child is suffering from ADHD or not as their ability to sustain attention even for activities they really enjoy is short lived.
Symptom 4 – Are They Constantly Distracted
Is your child constantly being distracted by the signs and sounds around them. Okay this could be something that all children suffer from. However a child with ADHD tends to be completely unable to sustain any kind of attention beyond a certain sound or sight.
Symptom 5 – Don’t Seem Able To Sit Still
One of the main symptoms that a child may have this disorder is that they are hyperactive. Yes all kids can be hyper occasionally, but there is a point where it can go beyond this with some. If you have noticed that your child finds staying in control difficult or is always on the move throughout the day then this could be a sign that they may be suffering from ADHD.
Symptom 6 – Leave Tasks Unfinished
Does your child show interest in a number of different things but are finding it hard to see the task through to a conclusion? Generally you’ll find that children who suffer with this disorder may begin something say their homework but often walk away from it because something else has caught their attention instead.
Symptom 7 – Lack Focus
One of the most frustrating symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is that a child has trouble paying attention even when you may be speaking to them directly. Even though they will say that they have heard what you have said, if you were to ask them to repeat it back, they wouldn’t have any idea.