Although it’s normal for children to run around, make noise, daydream, and get distracted, the child or adolescent with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) shows these behaviours most of the time. Children with the hyperactive-impulsive type of ADHD often seem to be “driven by a motor”, are constantly moving, and don’t think before they act. Children with the inattentive type of ADHD aren’t overactive, but are distractible and disorganized. Many children with ADHD display a combination of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness.
The symptoms of ADHD can lead to many other problems, including conflict with adults and peers, trouble with the law, and poor school achievement. Symptoms of ADHD can affect social skills, causing the child or adolescent to feel rejected and isolated. As the child or teen with ADHD becomes aware of his apparent shortcomings, he is at risk of suffering from anxiety and mood problems. Other disorders, such as ODD, Conduct Disorder, and substance abuse might emerge.