Symptoms of ADD

Children with inattentive symptoms have a hard time keeping their minds on any one thing and may get bored with a task after only a few minutes.  If they are doing something they really enjoy, they usually have no trouble paying attention.  However, focusing deliberate, conscious attention to organizing and completing a task or learning something new is difficult.
Symptoms of inattention:

1. Do not give close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
2. Have trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities
3. Do not seem to listen when spoken to directly
4. Do not follow instructions and fail to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to rebellious behavior or failure to understand instructions)
5. Have trouble organizing activities
6. Avoid, dislike, or don’t want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework)
7. Lose things needed for tasks and activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
8. Easily distracted
9. Forgetful in daily activities.

Although we may all have some of these symptoms, the difference is whether it is often or simply on an occasional basis. If it is often — it is best to resolve the underlying causes of these symptoms of inattention.

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