Impulsivity refers to acting without thinking first. Impulsivity in a
person who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is highly likely to
continue into adulthood.
People with symptoms of impulsivity often:
Are impatient with waiting their turn or waiting
Blurt out answers before questions have been
Interrupt or intrude on others, such as butting into
conversations or games.
Engage in reckless, risky, or antisocial
activities without thinking about the consequences. For example, children and
teens may be suspended or expelled from school for irresponsible behavior.
Impulsiveness may also affect driving skills and general safety.
Have temper outbursts.
Inattention related to ADHD is having a shorter-than-expected attention span based on the person's
age. People with symptoms of inattention may:
Have trouble listening when spoken to directly.
Be easily distracted and have trouble staying on task. For example, a person
may fail to finish projects or may make careless mistakes related to schoolwork,
chores, or duties in the workplace despite having understood instructions and
shown a willingness to do the work.
Be forgetful. They might
lose things that are needed for tasks or activities, such as toys, school
assignments, pencils, books, or tools.
Avoid, dislike, or
be reluctant to do tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as
schoolwork or homework.
Overconcentrate on certain activities
that don't tax their attention, such as television or computer games. It may
be hard to get them to stop and do something else.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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