ADHD Signs & Symptoms

ADHD Signs & Symptoms

ADHD Basics: What You Should Know

When considering the multitude of behavioral conditions effecting a large percentage of the population, it’s important to understand the differences between those conditions, as well as the signs and symptoms of them, to make an accurate health assessment.

One of the most common behavioral conditions is ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Early signs of ADHD include an inability to sit still for long periods of time and difficulty focusing, but these aren’t the only signs that someone might have the condition.

Types of ADHD

Like many medical conditions, there are varying types of ADHD. These are:

  • Predominantly inattentive
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive
  • Combination

While the first two types of ADHD exhibit stronger characteristics in certain areas of behavior than the other, it’s actually combination-type ADHD, which involves BOTH strong behavioral characteristics of inattentiveness and hyperactivity, is the most common.

Early signs of ADHD

Though ADHD is most commonly identified in childhood, it is possible for people to be diagnosed with ADHD as teenagers and well into adulthood.

But, no matter the age group, there are a few basic early signs of ADHD that medical professionals look out for when conducting behavioral assessments. Those are:

  • Inability to focus (inattention)
  • Hyperactivity and an extremely strong resistance to sitting still
  • Easily frustrated and prone to outbursts
  • Talking all the time (in excess)
  • Poor time management (ex. always running late)
  • Struggling to finish tasks

ADHD is a lifelong condition and doesn’t come and go with time. So, while added stress from temporary, traumatic life events (ex. death in the family, loss of employment) may cause some of these signs and symptoms of ADHD to pop up, that doesn’t mean the person automatically has ADHD.

So, how can you know for sure? Get tested.

See your doctor

Though online tools and research function well as guides to assessing your health, beware self-diagnosing via ADHD symptoms checklists that you might find online. There are critical differences between self-assessing checklists and a full examination by a doctor who is keen on the minute differences between normal and abnormal behavior.

If you conduct a self-assessment and think you may have ADHD, seek the insight of a medical practitioner so they can conduct an ADHD symptoms test and offer an accurate diagnosis.

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