ADDitude magazine, which specializes in content about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) defines the disorder as a condition that shows patterns of inattention which disrupts one’s daily life in working. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), there are three symptoms that must be present to be diagnosed with ADHD. What are the signs of ADHD?
Symptoms of ADHD:
- DSM-5 criteria states that someone showing symptoms of inattention in the span of six months may have ADHD. Some examples of these would be someone who isn’t able to pay close attention to details and is easily distracted, or makes careless mistakes at work, school or any other activities. They tend to not to listen when spoken to directly. Often, they would avoid tasks that require mental effort for a long period of time.
- DSM-5 criteria also say if hyperactivity begins to disrupt the person’s life, it can be a symptom of ADHD. One example would be if someone is fidgety or constantly squirmy and can’t sit still. Another would be if someone speaks excessively or are constantly on the go – someone who can’t take part on any type of leisurely activity, because they are always up and moving.
- DSM-5 criteria lastly discuss impulsivity as a symptom of ADHD. An example would be impatience and interrupting others when they speak. Another example given by WebMD, would be if someone starts conversations in inappropriate times.
For ADHD to be diagnosed in someone seventeen and older, that person must have these three symptoms and they must be shown in the span of six months. It is heavily behavioral based and can be observed in a person. If these signs start to disrupt someone’s school life, work life or home life, then it maybe ADHD.