Symptoms of ADHD
Symptoms at Different Ages
Symptoms of ADHDSymptoms at Different Ages
ADHD symptoms may present differently in teenagers and adults than they do in children. They may be more subtle and less noticeable; however, they are just as important to identify.
Checklists of symptoms in youth and adults can be used as a starting point to help you recognize the symptoms of ADHD in your loved one, but are not meant to replace consultation with a qualified health care professional. An accurate diagnosis can be made only with a thorough clinical evaluation. It is important to share the information in the checklist with your doctor.
Examples of ADHD symptoms by age.
Children (6-12 Years)
- Easily distracted
- Has trouble organizing homework; homework contains careless mistakes and often is not completed
- Blurts out answers in class before the question is completed
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others
- Fails to complete chores at home
- Has difficulty awaiting turn in games
- Has trouble staying seated
Teenagers (13-17 Years)
- Displays inner restlessness
- Has trouble organizing schoolwork; shows poor follow-through
- Hyperactivity may become less visible
- Has trouble with organization and does not plan ahead
- Has difficulty initiating and completing projects
- Shifts activities prematurely
- Misjudges available time
- Forgetful; often loses things
- Makes impulsive decisions
Having some of these symptoms of ADHD does not necessarily mean your loved one has ADHD. Only a qualified health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.
You can learn more about the health care professionals who are qualified to diagnose ADHD by clicking here.