The Symptoms of Attention Deficit:
- Having difficulty concentrating and accomplishing set tasks.
- Seeming to not listen when called.
- Being angered easily.
- Being forgetful, especially surrounding daily life.
- Acting as if in another world. E.g.: Not knowing where his classmate stopped when asked to read in class.
- Having problems following instructions and performing the duties required.
- Not being able to complete the work required, as a result of moving from one activity to another without completing the previous activity.
- Having difficulty planning and organizing the steps necessary to complete required tasks, and following the necessary steps to do so.
- Forgetting what is said to him/her shortly after it has been said.
- Getting bored easily of games that require mental focus, inclining towards games that do not require concentration.
The Symptoms of Hyperactivity:
- Fidgeting constantly with hands or legs, or other things nearby.
- Findingit difficult to participate or play with friends quietly.
- Jumping and climbing in inappropriate places.
- Showing a high degree of inappropriate movements (e.g. snapping fingers).
- Finding it difficult to sit in one place for a long time.
- Fidgeting and squirming while sitting in classroom seat, may repeatedly leave seat without permission.
- Continually talking to peers in the classroom, even when admonished by teacher.
- The mother may describe the child as having been very active during pregnancy.
- Finding it difficult to remain stationary.
- Being described as a troublemaker by other parents because of shenanigans when invited to friends’ houses.
The Symptoms of Impulsivity:
- Having difficulty waiting for turn in queues.
- Answering questions without thinking.
- Having difficulty waiting to start after having decided to do something.
- Having a hard time raising hands and waiting for the teacher to call on him/her
- Not thinking about the consequences of actions before doing them.
- Engaging in potentially dangerous physical activity without taking appropriate precautions.
- Blurting things out without being able to wait until a more appropriate time to say things.
- Not being able to wait until he/she is called on by the teacher, and blurting out what he/she wanted to say instead.
- Being chaotic and having a lack of order
- Having weak social relationships with brothers, friends, relatives, etc.
- Having weak self-confidence
- Possessing a love for excitement.
- Being very insistent and urgent, not having patience.
- Not caring about outward appearance.
Updated: 9 March 2019 by Saudi ADHD Society