ADHD-Pediatric Teen

Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and /or hyperactivity or impulsiveness.

Common Symptoms

There are two categories of symptoms of ADHD:  inattentive and hyperactive / impulsive symptoms. People with ADHD typically only experience some of the listed symptoms. 

Some Inattentive Symptoms may include:

  • Trouble paying attention to detail or making careless mistakes
  • Difficulty sustaining attention on tasks that are challenging, lengthy or require sustained mental effort
  • Not appearing to pay attention when spoken to directly
  • Difficulty following through on instructions
  • Difficulty organizing, often lose things necessary for tasks or forgetfulness
  • Easily distracted

Some Hyperactive / Impulsive Symptoms may include:

  • Feeling restless, difficulty sitting still, fidgeting, tapping hands or feet or “squirming” in your seat
  • Leaving your seat or difficulty staying seated in situations where you are expected to remain seated
  • Being unable to engage in leisure activities quietly
  • Excessive talking, interrupting others / blurting out answers before questions have been completed
  • Difficulty waiting your turn

About ADHD

Living with ADHD can be challenging in school, work and home life. Those with ADHD may have a higher rate of unemployment and more conflict in relationships.  Symptoms of ADHD can contribute to a decrease in occupational or scholastic performance and may even be interpreted as laziness, lack of responsibility or being uncooperative.

The exact causes of ADHD are unknown. A combination of factors such as brain anatomy and function, heredity and environmental factors may be at play. It’s important to understand that ADHD is not a reflection of how smart someone is or of their desire to succeed, participate in activities, or contribute to relationships.  

Common treatments include medication, education and training in coping strategies. 

The challenges of living with ADHD can be discouraging to the person with ADHD and their loved ones. Since everyone is unique, a treatment that works well for one person may not work as well for another. In addition, many of the commonly prescribed ADHD medications may have addictive potential. It's important to find new treatment options that work well and do not carry the risk of addiction.


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