Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder with Impulsivity and Hyperactivity

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder with Impulsivity and Hyperactivity

As is described in the DSM-IV, six or more of the symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity should have presented themselves prior to age seven. They should be present for greater than six months, causing mal-adaptation. They should also be presenting in more than one setting (i.e. home, and school). Symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity are listed below. Squirming with fidgeting, running and climbing, along with acting as though driven by a motor are a few of the most prominent symptoms. These students, because they lack expected social skills, usually fail to retain friends. They also have erosion of their self-esteem. There are several methods of identifying this condition, but the most useful is the Conners Rating Scale. It converts a subjective assessment into an objective, giving a numeric value to the condition, thus giving the therapist a concept as to the degree to which the student is being affected.

SYMPTOMS of HYPERACTIVITY-IMPULSIVITY

  • Squirms & Fidgets
  • Often leaves seat in classroom
  • Runs and climbs frequently
  • Difficulty engaging in leisure activity
  • Acts as if driven by a motor
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answers
  • Cannot wait turn
  • Butts into conversations or games
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