5 Signs Your Child Could Be Suffering From ADHD

About 6 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to current data from the Centers for Disease Control, marking an increase over previous years for all age groups. One of the reasons why the numbers have increased is because parents, teachers and caregivers have become more cognizant of the behaviors and other “symptoms” that are characteristic of kids with ADHD. This means that more kids are getting properly diagnosed and receiving the medical care they need to help control their symptoms and improve their lives.

Of course, not every child who fidgets or acts out has ADHD, and fortunately, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has laid out the steps a medical professional needs to take before rendering a diagnosis. If you’re wondering if your child might have ADHD, here are five of the most common signs you should be looking for.

Impulsivity

Kids with ADHD often act impulsively, without considering the potential consequences, and it may seem like they act out without thinking first. This trait can be especially problematic in teens, where ADHD can cause kids to engage in risky behavior, including dangerous or illegal activities. Decreased impulse control can also reveal itself in more subtle ways, for instance, in making comments that could be hurtful or be lacking in tact.

Trouble taking turns

Kids with ADHD have difficulty organizing their time, and their impulsive nature makes it very difficult for them to wait their turn during games and other activities in school, at home, and in social situations with their friends. In fact, this characteristic can make it more difficult for kids with ADHD to make friends and maintain friendships for long periods of time. An inability to wait their turn also means they’re more likely to interrupt you and others during conversations, including conversations that don’t include them or pertain to them.

Problems focusing

Kids with ADHD have difficulty staying on task, which makes it harder to complete work in school, as well as homework and chores. They can also find it very difficult to get and stay organized with schoolwork, resulting in them often forgetting or misplacing things. Because they have trouble concentrating, kids with ADHD also are more prone to daydreaming.

As a result, many kids with ADHD wind up performing poorly in school, even though they may be very intelligent and capable of completing their work to standard.

Fidgeting

Kids with ADHD find it very difficult to sit still and to stay in their seats at school. They seem to be constantly in motion: either walking, running, climbing, pacing or just moving specific parts of their body. For most of us, fidgeting may seem like a sign of inattention and rudeness. But kids with ADHD tend to get bored easily, and because their brains don’t always provide the level of stimulation they need to stay focused and on task, fidgeting may be a way for them to self-stimulate to keep their brains engaged. In fact, in school settings, many kids with ADHD are allowed to have a discreet activity, like use a fidget spinner or twirl a pencil to help keep them focused and engaged.

Emotional lability

Lability is a medical term that means something is in a constant change or more prone to change. In kids with ADHD, their emotions may seem especially powerful, and they may seem like they have little control over them. Many kids with ADHD have frequent emotional outbursts, and even minor issues can become a source for major emotional reactions, like temper tantrums or crying that seems out of proportion to the actual event or issue at hand.

ADHD: Diagnosis and treatment

At Penguin Pediatrics PLLC, we offer complete and comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment options for kids with ADHD. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, we can help you find a behavioral therapist skilled in treating the condition. Plus, we can help you decide if your child could benefit from medication to improve not only their behavior and success in school and social situations, but their self-esteem, self-confidence and quality of life as well. To learn more about ADHD diagnosis and treatment or to have your child evaluated by the team at Penguin Pediatrics PLLC, book an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What Your Child's School Should Know About Their ADHD

ADHD gets in the way of learning by making your child fidgety, distracted, and chatty. You can help the school know what to do to help your child thrive and not disrupt class. Here’s what to tell them about your child’s ADHD.

My Child Has a Wart: Now What?

Warts are harmless growths, but they can be unattractive or located in areas that are uncomfortable or even painful to your child. If your child has a wart, here’s what you can do.

Myths and Facts About Flouride for Children

Fluoride offers protection from tooth decay and makes your children’s teeth stronger. There’s lots of misinformation out there about fluoride and its safety. Here are some myths and facts that you need to know about this important tooth treatment.

Why Are Vaccinations Important for Kids?

One of the best things you can do for your child is to keep them up to date on all their vaccinations. Here’s why vaccinations are so important to your child’s long-term well-being.

Five Common Causes of Childhood Tooth Decay

It’s not just carelessness about brushing and flossing that causes tooth decay in children. Diet, family habits, and genetics all play a role in whether your child will end up with early cavities. Here are five major causes of tooth decay in kids.

How to Keep Warts From Spreading

Children are especially susceptible to developing warts. These skin growths are generally harmless but can be aesthetically displeasing and even painful. Here’s how to prevent warts from spreading and make the ones your child does have disappear.