Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms and Medical Diagnosis of ADHD

The criteria of the Diagnostic Statistics Manual (DSMV) are commonly used for diagnosis of ADHD. Symptoms fall into two major categories and diagnosis can be made if there are six or more symptoms in either one of these categories, or if there are six symptoms in each category. These categories are:
(1) Inattention
(2) Hyperactivity/Impulsivity.

According to the above, children with six symptoms in (1) or (2) or six in each (1) and (2) may be diagnosed with ADHD. However critics point out that these behaviours should be investigated to determine if they are linked to emotional trauma, high stress levels, undernourishment or other possible reasons. Going straight to the cause of the behaviour may reduce the numbers of children taking medication for ADHD.

Please note that ADHD is the official term used to refer to either Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

ADHD Support Groups around the world have noticed the following behaviours and tendencies:

These are not official symptoms of ADHD, but have been noticed by support groups over the past four decades. Sometimes the behaviours are caused by the challenges of living with ADHD (it’s really not easy for the child), others are part and parcel of ADHD.
As you read through this list, please be aware that children with ADHD would give almost anything to improve their behaviour, coordination etc. They need help, not condemnation.
Constant purposeless motion;


Learning and General Coping

Health and Other

Many of the signs and symptoms of ADHD persist into the adult years. Please note that not all people have the same symptoms; some will have few while others will have many. Signs and symptoms also vary in intensity, ranging from very mild to extremely severe.
A family who understands ADHD is in a far better position to cope with it and to recognise and enjoy the brilliance that can be part of ADHD.