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ADHD symptoms can change throughout the lifespan. While hyperactivity and impulsivity may be less prominent over time, inattentiveness tends to become more apparent and has a greater impact on life. Limitations in executive functioning can be mistakenly attributed to laziness or poor intentions, leading to low social acceptance and increased risks of various mental health issues.

ADHD Symptoms across different life stages:

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Common comorbidities for preschool students with ADHD include oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and speech and language disorder


  • Hyperactivity and restlessness

  • Inattentive to instructions or requests

  • Argumentative, disobedient, impulsive and impatient

  • Require heavy adult supervision

  • Prone to injuring self or others

Social- interpersonal

  • Strained relationship with parents, caregivers, and teachers

  • Disciplined frequently due to failure to comply with rules

  • Arguments and fights with peers

  • Poor social skills and temper control

Mental Health

  • Loneliness

  • Anger issues

  • Low self-esteem compared to others

  • Stress

*For Referral Services for ADHD Assessments, please refer to Patient Toolkit for more information

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