Warning Signs of ADHD

ADHD (previously known as ADD) is a behavioral disorder that affects 5-10% of children. Knowing the warning signs of ADHD can help us know if we should seek medial attention for our children.

  • Does your child have trouble paying attention? They don’t appear to be listening and struggle to follow directions when they are given.
  • Does your child forget things easily? Do they leave their coat at school, forget their lunch money, or where they put their book?
  • Does your child have a hard time sitting still? Are they always getting out of their chair, running around? Are they constantly running around and climbing on things?
  • Does your child lack self control? Do they routinely interrupt other people when they are talking? Invade others space, and ask questions that are too personal? Do they show little regard for how much they talk, talking endlessly? Does your child cut others off when they are talking, jumping in to answer questions before the entire question has been asked?
  • Does your child appear emotional? Whether they are happy or sad, are emotions exaggerated? Are their outbursts and temper tantrums that don’t seem to have a valid reason?
  • Does your child have a hard time waiting their turn? Do they always seem impatient and irritated when they have to wait?
  • Does your child get stuck on a certain task? When you ask them to put something down, or move on to something else, is this difficult for them to do? Do they struggle with transitions?
  • Does your child leave tasks undone? Is he/she easily distracted, and struggles to finish jobs and responsibilities?
  • Does your child act before they think? Do they disregard consequences and act any-way?
  • Does your child avoid doing hard things? When a task is difficult do they either avoid it all together, or does it cause them undo stress?

For a child’s behavior to be considered for an ADHD diagnosis…

-Children must exhibit ADHD behaviors before they are 7.
-These behaviors must be more severe than in other kids their same age.
-The behaviors must occur and have negative effects in at least two areas of the child’s life (such as school and home, or school and church.)
-The behaviors must not be linked to stresses at home, such as a death in the family, an illness or divorce.

As parents it can be really hard to know what to do and how to help children with behavior disorders. Diet, exercise, therapy, and even medication (when applicable) can help our children and our households. The best place to start is with a trusted medical professional.



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    Janet W. says:

    Great info! Thanks for posting this. Bringing awareness to the signs is probably what a lot of parents need to read.

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    Thank you for this article. We recently visited our family doctor in regards to the behaviour of our 4 year old son. We have been trying for 2 years to potty train him and he is still having frequent accidents and we are unsure about what to do. While we were in the office, he was running around and playing like he usually does and I didn’t think anything of it. Our doctor, however, suggested that the difficulties with potty training may be linked to ADHD (his father also has ADHD), which he suspected as a result of the behaviour he was witnessing as well as other things that we had discussed. According to my doctor, young children with ADHD often have difficulties with potty training, may experience speech delays and also have problems with sleep habits (getting up frequently, not wanting to go to sleep at night, etc.). All of which my son has (he has been going to speech therapy since he was tested at 2 years old). Thanks to your article, I now have a few other items to keep my eyes on which will hopefully help us to confirm whether or not he might have ADHD.

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    My son is the poster child for ADHD. He has all of these symptoms and some extra. I am always amazed when people seem surprised when I say it. I feel like he is a walking billboard. At this point we are opting for no meds but seriously considering a change to help with his emotional control.

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    Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    Great Information. My son has some of these but it is so hard to figure out is it because he can’t control it or if he just doesn’t want to do certain things. I homeschool both my kids so we do not have the pressure from the schools to use meds which makes us happy. His behavior does not affect his grades so we try to just teach him self control. But it is still hard work.

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    courtney b says:

    after reading this, i think i HAVE adhd! lol thanks for sharing!

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