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The Symptoms

What are the symptoms?


  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty following through on instructions
  • Appearing to not listen
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities at school


  • Difficulty awaiting turns in games
  • Interrupting conversations
  • Intruding into others’ games
  • Blurting out answers to questions before they are completed


  • Difficulty remaining seated
  • Fidgeting with hands and feet
  • Shifting from one uncompleted task to another
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Restless sleeper

Other frequent features

  • Difficulty coping with peers
  • Engaging in dangerous activities without thinking about the consequences
  • High pain threshold
  • Can be immature/clumsy

Conditions often coexisting with ADHD/HKD

  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Speech and Language Problems
  • Dyspraxias (i.e. Clumsy, butter-fingered) and poor physical co-ordination skills
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Mood Disorder
  • Low Self Esteem

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