Characteristics

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a common disorder characterized by a poor attention span, weak impulse control and hyperactivity. There are many symptoms of ADHD. I like to call them characteristics rather than symptoms, though, because ADHD is not an illness or a disease. It is an extremely common disorder that should probably be called a personality trait rather than a disorder.

There are many characteristics of ADHD, and here are some of them:
  • Excessive fidgeting or squirming
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty awaiting turns in games, lines, etc.
  • Blurts out answers to questions
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Difficulty sustaining attention
  • Shifts from one activity to the next
  • Often talks excessively and loudly
  • Often interrupts
  • Often doesn't listen to what is said
  • Often loses things
  • Often engages in dangerous or risky activities
These characteristics can be found in many people, and most people probably have some of them, but people with ADHD have almost all of these characteristics. They can be seen in the everyday activities of people with ADHD. For instance, it is extremely difficult for a person with ADHD to sit still and design a web-site!