Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood brain disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). These symptoms can make it difficult for a child with ADHD to succeed in school, get along with other children or adults, or finish tasks at home. Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It is normal for all children to be inattentive,hyperactive, or impulsive sometimes, but for children with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often. The characteristics of ADHD can include:
- Inattention: Difficulty concentrating, forgetting instructions, moving from one task to another without completing anything.
- Impulsivity: Talking over the top of others, having a short fuse, being accident-prone.
- Over activity: constant restlessness and fidgeting.