When ADHD Symptoms Turn Into A Serious Dilemma

When ADHD Symptoms Turn Into A Serious Dilemma

The term “ADHD” stands for Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorder, and it is very important to be aware that the disorder can be present without both sets of ADHD symptoms being present.  It can manifest itself very differently in different people. While the underlying neurological causes of this disorder are the same regardless of how it manifests itself, there are the three distinct sub-types of Attention Deficit Disorder, each with distinct sets of symptoms.

The Three Sub-Types of ADHD are:

1.  Primarily Inattentive

2.  Primarily Hyperactive

3.  Combined


ADHD Symptoms

Typical symptoms for the Primarily Inattentive sub-type are:

1.  Often fails to finish things he or she starts

2.  Often doesn’t seem to listen

3.  Easily Distracted

4.  Has difficulty concentrating on school work or other tasks requiring  sustained attention

5.  Often has difficulty organizing goal-directed activities


Attention Deficit Symptoms characteristic of the Primarily Hyperactive sub-type fall into two categories: Impulsivity and Hyperactivity


1.  Often acts before thinking, and/or makes inappropriate statements

2.  Shifts excessively from one activity to another

3.  Often blurts out answers to questions before the questions have been completed.

4.  Needs a lot of supervision

5.  Frequently calls out in class

6.  Has difficulty awaiting turn in games or group situations


1.  Excessive runs about or climbs on things

2.  Has difficulty sitting still or fidgets excessively

3.  Has difficulty staying seated

4.  Moves about excessively during sleep

5.  Is always “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor”

6.  Often talks excessively (may be the most prevalent form in females)

7.  Often has difficulty playing quietly

8.  Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected.


ADHD Symptoms from both Inattentive and Hyperactive Sub-types are included in the Combined sub-type of ADHD .  It is important to note that not all the symptoms of a sub-type need be present for that classification.



While these ADHD symptoms, in and of themselves, make life, and school in particular, unfairly difficult, about this time of year they start to culminate a dilemma that the parent needs to at all costs prevent.


  1. The current school year, as well as the advancing (hopefully?) years to follow, progresses on the building blocks learned in the previous unit.  When a child does not adequately understand or turn in the homework related to a concept, then a “snowballing” effect takes place, and each succeeding unit becomes increasingly more difficult to comprehend.


  1. These symptoms, and the way in which others respond to them, cause these children to erroneously believe that they are not smart, and/or are “bad kids”.   As we all base our behavior on our self-image, these children will start to behave more and more in these ways.


  1. By this point in the year, the cumulative effect of these problems usually cause teachers, parents, and the children themselves to begin to give up, and this leads to a very serious down-slide.

It is imperative that parents intervene strongly to prevent these obstacles to their child’s healthy growth and development.  A highly effective method of ADHD treatment is Neurofeedback, a type of biofeedback that utilizes EEG to provide information on brain signaling activity and allows for re-training that lasts for life, is an alternative to medication.  This  form of treatment mitigates the symptoms of ADHD in a beneficial and side-effect-free manner by re-focusing the thought processes of brain.

For more information about ADHD Symptoms in Adults, ADHD Symptoms in Girls, or ADHD Symptoms in Boys, as well as how to treat ADHD Symptoms Naturally,  please visit www.ocbiofeedback.com.

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