ADHD: What Do Symptoms Look Like at Different Ages?
People of different ages can show the same symptoms in different ways. Below are a few examples.
Examples of ADHD symptoms by age.
Children (6-12 Years)
- Easily distracted
- Homework poorly organized, contains careless errors, often 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
- Often out of seat
Teenagers (13-17 Years)
- Displays inner restlessness
- Schoolwork disorganized, shows poor follow-through
- Hyperactivity may become less visible
- Inattention/concentration problems
- Disorganized and fails to plan ahead
- 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 you have ADHD. It is important to see a qualified health care professional, such as a doctor or psychologist, who can properly diagnose ADHD.