Symptoms of ADHD in Children and Teens

Symtoms of ADHD in children and teens (5-17):


  • Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli ( sounds, objects, interruptions)
  • Difficulty paying attentnion to tasks at home and school
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Frequently loses things
  • Has much trouble paying attention to detail
  • Does not seem to listen when being spoken to directly
  • Forgetful in daily activities
  • Has much trouble finishing school work or chores at home
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention if the task is not interesting
  • Grades are up and down
  • Seems to be performing below his or her potential


  • Fidgets with hands or feet; squirms in seat
  • Runs rather than walks; climbs excessively in situations where it is inappropriate
  • Appears to be “on the go” all the time


  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Has a hard time waiting for his or her turn
  • Interrupts others (butts into conversations)
  • Is defiant at school and/or home

A child or teen does NOT have to have all of these symptoms to have ADHD. Some children/teens have what was formerly known as ADD. Now it is called ADHD without hyperactivity; therefore, they may not exhibit any of the symptoms of hyperactivity.