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Health Tip: Does Your Child Have Symptoms of ADHD?

-- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects a child's ability to perform in school and form relationships.

The disorder is characterized by primary traits including inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

The agency offers this list of classic symptoms of ADHD:

  • Carelessness in school work
  • Losing personal items and those needed for school.
  • Problems paying attention for long periods.
  • Difficulty listening and following instructions, and problems with organization.
  • Acting forgetful, and getting frequently distracted.
  • Difficulty sitting still or performing quiet activities.
  • Talking excessively, often out of turn.
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Posted: July 2009