Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Symptom Categories

May 5, 2016 Comments Off on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Symptom Categories

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As the founding owner of Collin County Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Jay Schwartz builds on more than 21 years of practice experience. During that time, Dr. Jay Schwartz developed in-depth knowledge of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is frequently asked to share this expertise as an invited speaker.

Although some degree of impulsiveness and attention shifting is normal for any child, some children experience these symptoms to the degree that they interfere with the child’s functioning. These children may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, which manifests in symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

Each child with ADHD presents differently and may show symptoms in one, two, or three of these categories. Children who present with inattentive symptoms may have trouble with focus, organization, and staying on task. They may make careless mistakes in school and forget to do what seem like simple daily tasks, such as bringing homework to school.

Children with inattentive symptoms of ADHD may also have social challenges, as they can struggle with listening and staying on track in conversation. These struggles may combine with symptoms of impulsivity, which can make it difficult for a child to wait his or her turn to contribute to the conversation. Impulsive tendencies may also make a child interrupt or start talking when it is inappropriate to do so.

Impulsivity symptoms of ADHD may align closely with hyperactivity, which drives a child to move or talk constantly. These children may find it difficult to sit for any duration of time or to take part in quiet activities. When these or other symptoms interfere with a child’s ability to succeed or to meet social expectations, professional intervention may be necessary.


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