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What are the ADD ADHD symptoms?

A person’s ADD ADHD symptoms depend on the type of ADHD they have. There are three types of ADHD. They are a) hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, which is characterized by hyperactivity without inattentiveness, b) inattentive ADHD (also known as ADD)which is characterized by inattention without hyperactivity, and c) combined ADHD, which is characterized by both inattention and hyperactivity. Combined ADHD is the most common of the three. A child’s ADD ADHD symptoms will vary depending on which of these three disorders is present.

In order to diagnose a person with ADHD, these ADD ADHD symptoms must show up before the child is seven years old. In addition, these ADD ADHD symptoms must be present in more than one setting (at home and at school, for example). Also, it must be clear that the symptoms are negatively affecting his or her ability to function normally in school, work and social settings.

ADD ADHD symptoms — The Most Common Signals

A person may exhibit some or all of the following ADD ADHD symptoms in one of the following three categories:


  • Has low “attention to detail” skills, tending to produce work that shows careless mistakes and is messy
  • Can be easily distracted by small noises and sights that would escape the notice of most people
  • Has difficulty maintaining attention on a project or task
  • Changes from one task to another without completing either task
  • Has a tendency to procrastinate
  • Can be disorganized; forgetful
  • Does not complete tasks, homework, chores, etc.
  • Has a hard time listening and paying attention during a conversation
  • Has Difficulty remembering / following directions during games / in social situations


  • Has a tendency to be fidgety or squirmy while seated
  • Frequently leaves seat to walk or run around
  • Is prone to run or climb on things even in social settings that do not facilitate running and climbing. Teens and adults may simply appear restless in a social setting.
  • Has difficulty with relaxing or simply playing quietly
  • Has a tendency to be always moving
  • Is prone to excessive chatter


  • Can be impatient
  • Interrupts others, in the classroom or socially
  • Answers questions while the question is still being asked; often forgets to raise a hand to answer
  • Doesn’t wait in turn
  • Has a tendency to intrude or interrupt to the point of friction / conflict with others

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