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Signs and Symptoms of ADHD | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Learning and behavior disorders are on the rise, and they affect approximately 7.5 % of children in the U.S. today.  As well, 3 – 7 % of all adults show signs of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD as well!  The symptoms of ADD are a short attention span and learning difficulties, and ADHD is ADD plus hyperactive behavior.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of ADHD below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of ADHD | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

  • Inability to sit still
  • Learning difficulties
  • Mood swings
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive physical activity
  • Short attention span
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor coordination
  • Poor gross and fine motor skills
  • Impaired memory
  • Impulsiveness
  • Failure to accomplish age-appropriate tasks
  • Speech or learning disorders
  • Aggressive behavior

The signs and symptoms of ADHD can mimic other disorders, such as hypoglycemia, food allergies, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.  Frequent ear infections, the regular use of antibiotics, premature birth and family history are also associated with a greater likelihood of developing this disorder.

Many parents instinctively feel that the signs and symptoms of ADHD are connected to their child’s diet.  Children with ADHD are less able to compensate for the stressful effects sugar has on the brain.  Additives and preservatives are also thought to cause problems, as are trans fats and saturated fats.  Environmental allergens and heavy metal toxicity may contribute to the signs and symptoms of ADHD as well.

Diagnosis of ADHD | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

There is no specific test to assist in the diagnosis of ADHD.  A diagnosis of ADHD is made based upon a clinical history of symptoms and behavior.  Since it is a subjective diagnosis, some people question whether ADHD is really normal behavior, especially in young boys.

There are three different subtypes of ADHD.  The first one is ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and involves mainly attention problems and not hyperactivity.  Another subtype involves ADHD plus other learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.  ADHD often goes undiagnosed.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents (Revised Edition)
Russell A. Barkley PhD
The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways to Turn Your Child’s Problems into Strengths (Companion)
Lara Honos-Webb

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD
John F. Taylor
More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD
Ari Tuckman

ADHD Resources

General Patient Resources

  • ADHD . com

Learn more about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by viewing these helpful resources.

  • National Resource Center on ADHD

This is the National Resource Center on ADHD, funded by CDC, with science-based information about ADHD and ADD.

  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

A web site for patrents, adults with ADHD, young adults with ADHD, professionals and volunteers.

  • About . com

Learn more about ADD/ADHD. What is it? What are the symptoms? How is it evaluated and diagnosed? What are treatment options? What is it like to live with ADHD?

  • National Institute of Mental Health

A service of the National Institute of Health whose madate is transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research.

Medical Resources

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

  • Web MD

ADD and ADHD Center. Reviews causes, symptoms, types, tests and treatments.