Children with ADHD

ADHD in children

A lot of children say that ADHD makes it hard to control themselves, so they might behave angrily and aggressively, especially if other children tease or bully them. Children with ADHD have even said that they can tell their behaviour can be annoying to others. 

It is normal for children living with ADHD to find it challenging to do well in school, because they often forget things and have trouble focusing. This can be distressing for anyone, and children growing up with ADHD often lack a positive self-image. Looking back on their childhoods, many adults living with ADHD think they would have completed school more successfully if they had been diagnosed earlier or treated differently. Without proper treatment or knowledge about how to manage symptoms, children with ADHD tend to feel that they are not “normal”, and in one study, a student with ADHD said that they often compare themselves to others who may be able to better focus on schoolwork.

ADHD symptoms in children

In most cases of ADHD in school-age children, they may experience challenges in school and in relationships with their peers. They may show the following symptoms:

  • Incomplete or disorganised assignments
  • Careless mistakes
  • Impulsive speaking, often interrupting
  • Distraction
  • Disruptive behaviours that distract peers
  • Aggressiveness
  • Difficulty accepting rules or tasks
  • Inability to wait their turn
  • Speaking before thinking
  • Losing or forgetting important belongings
  • Tuning people out
  • Inability to sit still

Girls with ADHD

Research suggests girls living with ADHD are more likely to experience symptoms that lead to inattention than boys. It is a misconception that all children living with ADHD are hyperactive. Some girls may experience hyperactive/impulsive symptoms, such as persistently running around and interrupting people, but more frequently girls experience inattentive symptoms, like daydreaming and having a hard time focusing during conversations with friends.