Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Does Your Child Have ADHD?

If your child has at least six of the following symptoms, then he or she possibly has the hyperactivity-impulsivity type of ADHD:

Hyperactivity
  1. Not sitting still.
  2. Not able to stay in seat.
  3. Excessively running or climbing (or very restless)
  4. Loud
  5. "On the go" (think: Duracell bunny!)
  6. Talking excessively (and at the wrong time, like when his teacher is talking!) 
Impulsivity
  1. Blurting out answers before questions have been finished
  2. Trouble waiting one's turn (cannot stay in line)
  3. Interrupting others (butting into conversations or games)

These are based on the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. A number of criteria seem repetitive or at least related. This is for informational purpose and not supposed to replace a formal evaluation with a child psychiatrist.

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