ADHD is a neurobiological disorder that is more common in boys than girls. 3-5% of all school age children have ADHD.

Such children may seem less mature and responsible than their peers. They tend to be `on the go’ most of the time and often remain restless and fidgety into adulthood.

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Signs of ADHD usually emerge before the age of 7 and often persist into adulthood, posing lifelong challenges.

Children with ADHD often have co-occurring problems such as school failure, problems with relationships, speech and language difficulties and various other social, emotional and behavioral disorders.

Signs of ADHD:

ADHD predominantly inattentive type:

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention
  • Does not appear to listen
  • Struggles to follow through on instructions
  • Has difficulty with organization
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Loses things
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful in daily activities

ADHD predominantly hyperactive type:

  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
  • Has difficulty remaining seated
  • Runs about or climbs excessively
  • Has difficulty engaging in activities quietly
  • Acts as if `driven by a motor’
  • Talks excessively

ADHD predominantly impulsive type:

  • Blurts out answers before questions have been asked
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns
  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others