The Symptoms of ADHD in Children and Adults

October 28, 2021

One cannot tell that an individual is living with ADHD by plainly looking at their outward appearance. ADHD, or otherwise known as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. 

“ADHD can have symptoms that are similar to other disorders, such as anxiety, and psychological testing can help clarify a diagnosis,” says Lily Lai, PsyD, LMLP.

The symptoms of ADHD can either fall into the inattention or hyperactivity/impulsivity category. Individuals can suffer from both or just one of the two. 

Signs of inattention can include:

  • Not giving close attention to detail
  • Not seeming to listen when spoken directly to
  • Trouble with organizing
  • Easily distracted

Signs of hyperactivity/impulsivity can include:

  • Fidgeting
  • Talking excessively 
  • Interrupting or intruding on others
  • Unable to play in leisure activities quietly

Some common myths of ADHD include that it is not a true medical disorder, it is a learning disability, only boys suffer with ADHD, it is the result of bad parenting and individuals with ADHD cannot ever focus. These myths make it hard for those with ADHD to find support and the true help they need.

“Another common myth of ADHD is that only children are affected, or it is ‘outgrown,’” says Tiffany Huxman, APRN. “While many people do learn to live with and manage ADHD symptoms as adults, some require long term treatment for this disorder.”

If you or a loved one has these symptoms, seek an assessment and appropriate treatment if needed. Call Prairie View at 800-992-6292 for information.