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Mental Health

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. It is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children

It’s more common in boys than in girls. It’s usually discovered during the early school years, when a child begins to have problems paying attention.

ADHD is more commonly noticed in boys more than in girls and usually recognized by early teenage at the latest.


The symptoms of ADHD vary and are sometimes difficult to recognize. Here are 14 common signs of ADHD in children.

1. Self-focused behavior

There’s an inability to recognize other people’s needs and desires. People with ADHD are not patient and keep themselves foremost by interrupting or taking over whenever they want to.

2. Emotional turmoil

A child with ADHD may have trouble keeping their emotions in check. Outbursts of anger, temper tantrums are pretty common

3. Fidgetiness

They can’t sit still. They may try to get up and run around, fidget, or squirm in their chair when forced to sit.

4. Unfinished tasks

They may start out with a task but move on to another before it is completed. They have a short attention span. At times, they might not even be able to follow a conversation due to distractions. Even though they say they heard you, they won’t be able to repeat back what you just said.

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5. Disorganized

Their lack of focus causes them to make careless mistakes, and come across as disorganized. They are forgetful. If a task requires mental effort, they probably will not be able to do it. They may daydream, stare into space and ignore everything around them.

Children will show symptoms in more than one place.

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