Attention-Deficit/ Hypersensitivity Disorder (ADHD) has been called attention-deficit disorder (ADD) in the past. But ADHD is now the preferred term because it describes both of the primary features of this condition; inattention and hyperactive impulsive behavior.

Frankly speaking, treatment won’t cure ADHD. It can help a great deal with symptoms. Once you feel any symptoms as discussed below, you will have two choices to opt for.

  • Behavioral interventions
  • Medications

Every diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in outcome. Do you want to know about the signs and symptoms of ADHD, especially for the right medication? I’m going to discuss some major symptoms in both early and old ages of this mental issue. Because health concerns vary from age to age, and become somewhat more severe as you get old. Let’s cast a glance over them…

Symptoms in Children

  • Frequently fidgets or squirms
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Excessive talkative
  • Frequently daydreaming
  • Frequently forgetful and lose needed items, such as books, pencils, toys, etc…
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty following through on instructions
  • Apparently not listening
  • Often face problem-solving tasks or such other activities
  • Difficulty remaining seated and seemly in constant motion
  • Face trouble to wait their turn

Symptoms in Adults

  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Procrastination
  • Frequently forget things or often being late
  • Substance misuse or become addicted
  • Face difficulty in staying organized
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Easily frustrated
  • Impulsiveness
  • Trouble concentrating when reading
  • Relationship problems
  • Trouble controlling anger
  • Often feel bore


Note: ADHD occurs more often in males than in females. And behaviors can be different in boys and girls. For instance, boys may be more hyperactive and girls may tend to be quietly inattentive.


Risk factors of ADHD

When you have gone through the signs and symptoms of this brain disorder, its causes or risk factors also need to be discussed. While the exact cause of ADHD is not clear as such, research over it continues.

Generally, various factors seem involved in this regard. Such as;

  • Genetics; family history (such as parent or siblings) with ADHD or other mental health disorder
  • Environment; any exposure to environmental toxins – such as lead that present mainly in paint and pipes in older buildings
  • Maternal drug use; alcohol use or smoking while gestation period
  • Maternal exposure to chemicals; exposing before environmental poisons, like, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) during pregnancy
  • Premature birth; birth before time or with under developmental stages


When to seek medical attention

If your children experience any above sign of ADHD, see your pediatrician or a specialist. If the treatment of ADHD is already on going, then regularly visit your doctor until symptoms have largely improved

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