What Are the Symptoms of ADHD?

Learn about the different symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms of Inattention

  • Careless mistakes/lack of attention to details
  • Lack of sustained attention
  • Poor listener
  • Failure to follow through on tasks
  • Poor organization
  • Avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Losing things
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful in daily activities

Symptoms of Hyperactivity

  • Fidgeting/squirming
  • Leaving seat
  • Excessive running/climbing
  • Difficulty with quiet activities
  • "On the go"
  • Excessive talking

Symptoms of Impulsivity

  • Blurting out answers
  • Can't wait turn
  • Intrusive

This is not a diagnostic tool. These symptoms are not the only criteria for diagnosing ADHD. Only a trained health care professional can diagnose ADHD.

If you are concerned about whether your child has ADHD, take the next step

Find a doctor.

Your family, friends, and insurance company can be good resources. Advocacy organizations may also be able to point you in the right direction.

Prepare for your child's doctor's appointment.

Take the time to fill out the ADHD Doctor Discussion Guide and share your concerns with your child's doctor.

Ask about once-daily Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate).

If your child is diagnosed with ADHD and the doctor thinks Vyvanse is right for your child, you may be able to save money on his or her Vyvanse prescription.

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