Symptoms at Different Ages
People of different ages can show the core symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity in different ways. See some examples below.
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
- Inattention/concentration problems
- Has trouble with organization and does not plan ahead
- Avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort; has difficulty initiating and completing projects
- Often unable to follow through on tasks; shifts activities prematurely
- Misjudges available time
- Forgetful; often loses things
- Makes impulsive decisions
Having some of these symptoms of adhd does not necessarily mean a student has adhd. Only a health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.