Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder characterized by:
- Inattention – unable to sustain focus, disorganized, lacking in focus, walks away from incomplete tasks
- Hyperactivity – constantly moving, fidgety in inappropriate situations, lacking patience – constantly moving, fidgety in inappropriate situations, lacking patience
- Impulsivity – doing reckless, socially intrusive, and spur-of-the-moment things without considering consequences
Symptoms of ADHD can be mistaken for emotional problems or bad behavior, and this can lead to a delay in diagnosis. However, a number of situations can contribute to a child not getting the attention they need. In cases like this, the child may act out, but it is not the same as having ADHD.
Most cases of ADHD are diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12. The symptoms of ADHD usually settle with age; however, they can persist into adulthood. ADHD can also develop in adulthood in people who did not experience symptoms in early life.