• Mental Health

10 signs of ADHD in children

Does your child exhibit any of these behaviors?

My child often…

  • is moving something—fingers, hands, arms feet, or legs.
  • walks, runs, or climbs around when others are seated.
  • has trouble waiting in line or taking turns.
  • doesn’t finish things.
  • gets bored after just a short while.
  • daydreams or seems to be in another world.
  • talks when other people are talking.
  • gets frustrated with schoolwork or .
  • acts quickly without thinking first.
  • is sidetracked by what is going on around him or her.

Does this sound like your child? If so, talk with your child’s doctor. The doctor can tell you whether your child has . The doctor can also tell you which treatments can help your child. If you visit the doctor, take this checklist with you.


“I do OK in gym class. Library time is the worst. All I hear is “sssshhh.” I tell myself “Don’t talk,” but I never stop myself in time.”

What is normal?

Most have trouble sitting still. Many kids don’t finish their schoolwork. Few sit through meals without tapping, kicking, or drumming. So how do you know what is normal and what is ADHD? Only a doctor can tell you for sure. ADHD behavior doesn’t happen in only one place, like at school. It may happen every day in the classroom, on the playground, and at home. ADHD can lead to problems with learning, friendships, and family life.