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Let's Talk About ADHD Signs and Symptoms

All kids can be hyper (and some adults, too). But does that mean you have ADHD? Here's what to look for.

    Our Pro PanelADHD Signs and Symptoms

    We went to some of the top experts in ADHD to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Lindsay Elton, M.D. headshot.

    Lindsay Elton, M.D.Neurologist

    Child Neurology Consultants
    Austin, TX
    Mary Beth Lardizabal, D.O. headshot.

    Mary Beth Lardizabal, D.O. Psychiatrist

    Allina Health
    St. Paul, MN
    Patricia Gerbarg, M.D. headshot.

    Patricia Gerbarg, M.D.Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry

    New York Medical College
    Valhalla, NY

    Frequently Asked QuestionsADHD Signs and Symptoms

    How do you know if your child has ADHD?

    Some of the signs of ADHD include excessive energy, always being in motion, difficulty settling down when moving from one activity to another, or trouble paying attention. While all children may exhibit these signs from time to time, if you are seeing these types of behaviors consistently, the first step would be to talk with your family doctor or pediatrician.

    Are there other conditions that cause ADHD-like symptoms?

    Yes. Mood disorders, anxiety, substance-related and addictive disorders, dissociative disorders, and personality disorders all come with symptoms that mimic the symptoms of ADHD. It’s important to visit a doctor or mental health pro for testing and proper treatment.

    I’m an adult. How do I get an ADHD diagnosis?

    There are many different kinds of tests that can help diagnose ADHD. If you’ve shown some (or all) of the common ADHD symptoms—inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity—for more than six months, your doctor will test you.

    How do ADHD symptoms differ between men and women (and boys and girls)?

    While ADHD symptoms can be more “outward” in men and boys, appearing as unruly, reckless or hyper behavior, in women and girls, symptoms are often more internalized.

    Gail O’Connor

    Gail O’Connor