Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common childhood psychiatric disorder that can continue through adolescence and adulthood. The key behavioral features seen in children with ADHD are hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity and is diagnosed only when a child continues to manifest symptoms which are associated with these at a greater extent than normal for six months or more. However, many of the symptoms of ADHD can be observed even on normal kids or adults, making it difficult to diagnose.
Although the exact cause of ADHD is not yet known, it is believed that genetics, the environment, and problems during development all contribute to the development of this condition.
At least six or more of both the inattention and hyperactivity symptoms below should be present for children up to age 16, while at least five or more for age 17 and up for the condition to qualify as ADHD.
Having A Short Attention Span
The child often displays difficulty in sustaining or paying attention in tasks or play activities, while adults may have difficulty remaining focused during lectures, conversations, or lengthy reading. They often don’t seem to be listening when spoken to directly and seems like their mind is off somewhere, even when there is no distraction.