Most children with ADHD receive a diagnosis during the elementary school years. For an adolescent or adult to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms need to have been present prior to age 12.ADHD symptoms can appear as early as between the ages of 3 and 6 and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms of ADHD can be mistaken for emotional or disciplinary problems or missed entirely in quiet, well-behaved children, leading to a delay in diagnosis. Adults with undiagnosed ADHD may have a history of poor academic performance, problems at work, or difficult or failed relationships.ADHD symptoms can change over time as a person ages. In young children with ADHD, hyperactivity-impulsivity is the most predominant symptom. As a child reaches elementary school, the symptom of inattention may become more prominent and cause the child to struggle academically. In adolescence, hyperactivity seems to lessen and may show more often as feelings of restlessness or fidgeting, but inattention and impulsivity may remain. Many adolescents with ADHD also struggle with relationships and antisocial behaviors. Inattention, restlessness, and impulsivity tend to persist into adulthood.
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Inattention Symptoms• People with symptoms of inattention may often:• Overlook or miss details, make careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or during other activities• Have problems sustaining attention in tasks or play, including conversations, lectures, or lengthy reading• Not seem to listen when spoken to directly• Not follow through or fail to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace or start tasks but quickly lose focus and get easily sidetracked• Have problems organizing tasks and activities, such as what to do in sequence, keeping materials and belongings in order, having messy work and poor time management, and failing to meet deadlines• Avoid or dislike tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as schoolwork or homework.• Lose things necessary for tasks or activities, such as school supplies, tools, wallets, keys, eyeglasses.• Be easily distracted by unrelated thoughts or stimuli• Be forgetful in daily activities, such as chores, errands, returning calls, and keeping appointments
Hyperactivity-Impulsivity Symptoms• Fidget and squirm in their seats• Leave their seats in situations when staying seated is expected, such as in the classroom or in the office• Run or dash around or climb in situations where it is inappropriate or, in teens and adults, often feel restless• Be unable to play or engage in hobbies quietly• Be constantly in motion or “on the go,” or act as if “driven by a motor”• Talk nonstop• Blurt out an answer before a question has been completed, finish other people’s sentences, or speak without waiting for a turn in conversation• Have trouble waiting his or her turn• Interrupt or intrude on others, for example in conversations, games, or activities
Risk FactorsScientists are not sure what causes ADHD. Like many other illnesses, a number of factors can contribute to ADHD, such as:• Genetics• Cigarette smoking, alcohol use, or drug use during pregnancy• Exposure to environmental toxins during pregnancy• Exposure to environmental toxins, such as high levels of lead, at a young age• Low birth weight• Brain injuries• ADHD is more common in males than females