ADHD and Hyperactivity Research Note
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Some children with ADHD have more challenges with hyperactivity than with attention. These children will seem to be in constant motion—they'll be the ones racing around the playground—or the classroom. They'll have trouble controlling their impulses and might act out aggressively, especially when they feel frustrated. Often, children with hyperactivity will have a hard time awaiting their turn, will butt into other kids' games, and will interrupt conversations or blurt out answers before their turn. Boys who are hyperactive, in particular, might have trouble getting along with teachers and parents alike.Fast Facts:
- Children with ADHD are almost 10 times more likely to have problems that interfere with friendships.
- Children with hyperactivity have trouble thinking before they act.
- Being hyperactive puts children at much higher risk for accidents.
- Hyperactive adolescents are more likely than other children to indulge in risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol abuse.
- Many children with ADHD also have other behavior problems, such as antisocial personality disorder.
cdc.gov — “ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), and in some cases, are overly active.” View full resource at cdc.gov
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