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Signs That Your Child May Have ADHD
By AAA Pediatrics
March 20, 2019
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: ADHD  

Are you concerned that your child might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder that often affects children, however, it’s not impossible for teens and adults to develop this issue, ADHDtoo. The most classic symptom of ADHD is trouble staying focused or concentrating on a task. Of course, ADHD is so much more than just having trouble staying on task. From the office of our Woodbridge, VA, pediatricians Dr. Oscar Sugastti and Dr. Griselda Meza, discover some of the warning signs that your child might have ADHD.

The three main types of symptoms that children with ADHD display include hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. Symptoms vary from child to child, and it isn’t always easy to pinpoint whether or not your child’s behaviors could be caused by ADHD. Some children may display all three of these symptoms while some children may only display one.

Here is the breakdown of common signs of each of these three classic symptoms:

Inattentiveness

As you might imagine from the name alone this symptom is characterized by being unable to focus or concentrate, whether at school or at home. This often leads to:

  • Difficulty completing tasks and staying focused
  • Needing to change tasks frequently
  • Trouble listening to instructions
  • Forgetfulness
  • Misplacing items such as homework, textbooks, etc.
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Becoming easily distracted
  • “Daydreaming”

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

If your child has trouble with impulse control and is hyperactive, they may display these signs:

  • Trouble sitting still
  • Frequently squirming or fidgeting
  • Talking out of turn and butting in line
  • Acting out without thinking
  • Irritability and temper tantrums

If your child is displaying a lot of these behaviors, then it might be impacting their everyday life, from school and social interactions to at-home life. While a lot of these signs of ADHD are also normal behaviors in children, if you notice that these behaviors are happening frequently and affecting their interpersonal relationships and schoolwork then it’s time to talk to our children’s doctors in Woodbridge, VA. After all, there are other conditions such as anxiety disorders, autism, and conduct disorder that mirror some of the same symptoms of ADHD.

Are you concerned that your little one might have ADHD? If so, then it’s time to give our Woodbridge, VA, office a call at (703) 580-6400 to schedule an evaluation. Turn to Dr. Sugastti and Dr. Meza at AAA Pediatrics for the answers you need.

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