1 What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD or attention deficit disorder in short) in children is a mental disorder characterized by hyperactivity and inattentiveness that affects the child’s ability to learn and mingle with others.
It appears in early childhood. These children find it difficult to sit still for some time, or fail to listen to others.
Inability to understand other people’s needs – children with ADHD often intrude or interrupt others while talking or working. They find it difficult to wait their turn in class or during a game.
Failure to keep emotions under control – temper tantrums are common in younger children, and more so in children with this disorder. They often find it difficult to keep it under control and have outbursts at inappropriate times.
Inability to sit still – squirming and fidgeting is one of the common symptoms of ADHD. They fail to sit still for periods of time.
Not finishing tasks – children with ADHD have varied interests but do not finish them, whether it be homework, chores, hobbies, or projects. They move on to the next thing that catches their interest before finishing the task at hand.
Inattentiveness – they find it hard to pay attention and may not be able to repeat what was just told to them.
Carelessness – as they are unable to focus on one thing or be still for some time, they end up making careless mistakes.
Day dreaming – they may be less involved in tasks when compared to others. Some children may stare into space and ignore their surroundings.
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