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The Fine Line Between Unruly Behavior and Symptoms of ADHD

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Written by Nancy

Many unaware parents often mistake ADHD systems for unruly behavior. There are also parents that misdiagnose simple temper tantrums as symptoms of ADHD.

The truth is that there is a fine line between unruly behavior and symptoms of ADHD.

Just because your child is always restless and refuses to listen to what you say, it doesn’t automatically mean they have ADHD.

Is It or Isn’t It

There is a chance that that your child is exhibiting symptoms of ADHD but their bad behavior could be a result of the following too:

  • Regular growth and development
  • A different medical condition (such as a thyroid imbalance)
  • Immaturity

The unruly behavior could also be a result of something circumstantial like the addition of a new baby in the family or a recent move.

ADHD Subtypes

There are 3 subtypes of ADHD that parents should be aware of:

  1. Inattentive type
  2. Hyperactive-impulsive type
  3. Inattentive subtype

Symptoms of Inattentive Type


Not all kids with ADHD are hyperactive. Inattentive Type ADHD doesn’t trigger hyperactivity in children; in fact, it makes them sluggish and unusually slow. These kids often sit in the corner and are lost in their thoughts.

The following are common signs:

  • They get distracted easily
  • They often lose their belongings
  • They don’t pay attention to details
  • They can be quite careless
  • They have trouble following instructions
  • They are inclined to start one activity without finishing the other first
  • They struggle to comprehend simple information
  • They struggle with organization

Symptoms of Hyperactive-Impulsive Type

What comes to mind when you think of a kid with ADHD? That image of the really hyper, out-of-control child is what defines the Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.

Indications of the kids with hyperactive-impulsive Type ADHD consist of the following:

  • Continuous restless behavior
  • Impatience and the need to fidget
  • Inability to stay still when need required
  • Finding it difficult to wait their turn
  • Blurting out things and talking all the time

Symptoms of Combined Type

Children with combined type show symptoms of both hyperactive-impulsive type and inattentive type.

Bear in mind that simply spotting symptoms of ADHD isn’t a diagnosis. It’s important for parents to consult a specialist before coming to the conclusion that a child has ADHD.

Looking after a Child with ADHD

In case your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, physicians will prescribe necessary medication along with alternate treatments for ADHD that can help alleviate symptoms.

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About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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