ADHD and Inattention

What does inattentiveness look like in a child? When should it concern parents and when is it telling of ADHD? Learn more with information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

from National Institute of Mental Health

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.

One subtype of ADHD is called predominantly inattentive ADHD. Children with this subtype are less likely to act out or have difficulties getting along with other children. They may sit quietly, but they’re not paying attention to what they are doing.

A child with predominantly inattentive ADHD may be overlooked, and parents and teachers may not notice that he or she has any signs of the disorder.

Children with symptoms of inattention may:

  • Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another.
  • Have difficulty focusing on one thing.
  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless they are doing something enjoyable.
  • Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new.
  • Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities.
  • Not seem to listen when spoken to.
  • Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly.
  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others.
  • Struggle to follow instructions.

Also see: 10 tips for parents of an ADHD inattentive child.

Learn more about ADHD and its other subtypes at: nimh.nih.gov.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health

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