Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, often referred to as ADHD, is a neurological disorder that causes difficulties in many aspects of children’s lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of ADHD can look like normal behaviors for children, but having ADHD makes these behaviors much worse and more frequent.
Common behaviors of ADHD may include the following (NIMH, 2015):
- Get distracted easily and forget things often
- Switch too quickly from one activity to the next
- Have trouble with directions
- Have trouble finishing tasks like homework or chores
- Lose toys, books, and school supplies often
- Talk nonstop and interrupt people
- Run around a lot
- Touch and play with everything they see
- Be very impatient
- Blurt out inappropriate comments
- Have trouble controlling their emotions
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Dr. Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D.