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While some behaviors associated with ADHD are "normal" and not a cause for concern to most people, someone with ADHD will have trouble controlling these behaviors and will show them much more frequently and for longer than 6 months. 

Signs of inattention include

  • Becoming easily distracted, and jumping from activity to activity. 

  • Becoming bored with a task quickly. 

  • Difficulty focusing attention or completing a single task or activity. 

  • Trouble completing or turning in homework assignments. 

  • Losing things such as school supplies or toys. 

  • Not listening or paying attention when spoken to. 

  • Daydreaming or wandering with lack of motivation. 

  • Difficulty processing information quickly. 

  • Struggling to follow directions. 


Signs of hyperactivity include

  • Fidgeting and squirming, having trouble sitting still. 

  • Non-stop talking. 

  • Touching or playing with everything. 

  • Difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities. 


Signs of impulsivity include

  • Impatience. 

  • Acting without regard for consequences, blurting things out. 

  • Difficulty taking turns, waiting or sharing. 

  • Interrupting others. 

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