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ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Symptoms of inattention in children:

  • Doesn’t pay attention to details
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Has trouble staying focused; is easily distracted
  • Appears not to listen when spoken to
  • Has difficulty remembering things and following instructions
  • Has trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects
  • Gets bored with a task before it’s completed
  • Frequently loses or misplaces homework, books, toys, or other items

Symptoms of hyperactivity in children:

  • Constantly fidgets and squirms
  • Often leaves his or her seat in situations where sitting quietly is expected
  • Moves around constantly, often runs or climbs inappropriately
  • Talks excessively
  • Has difficulty playing quietly or relaxing
  • Is always “on the go,” as if driven by a motor
  • May have a quick temper or a “short fuse” 

Symptoms of impulsivity in children:

  • Acts without thinking
  • Blurts out answers in class without waiting to be called on or hear the whole question
  • Can’t wait for his or her turn in line or in games
  • Says the wrong thing at the wrong time
  • Often interrupts others
  • Intrudes on other people’s conversations or games
  • Inability to keep powerful emotions in check, resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums
  • Guesses, rather than taking time to solve a problem

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Poor motor coordination
  • Anxiety and low mood
  • Sensory issues
  • Attention difficulties
  • Learning difficulties
  • Tics
  • seizures

ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Angry and irritable mood:

  • Often loses temper
  • Often touchy or easily annoyed by others
  • Often angry and resentful

Argumentative and defiant behavior:

  • Often argues with adults or people in authority
  • Often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules
  • Often deliberately annoys people
  • Often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehaviour


  • Often spiteful or vindictive
  • Has shown spiteful or vindictive behavior at least twice in the past six months

Conduct Disorder

Aggressive Conduct:

  • Intimidating or bullying others
  • Physically harming people or animals on purpose
  • Committing rape
  • Using a weapon

Deceitful Behavior:

  • Lying
  • Breaking and entering
  • Stealing
  • Forgery

Destructive Behavior:

  • Destructive conduct may include arson and other intentional destruction of property.

Violation of Rules:

  • Skipping school
  • Running away from home
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Sexual behavior at a very young age
  • Boys who have conduct disorder are more likely to display aggressive and destructive behavior than girls. Girls are more prone to deceitful and rule-violating behavior.

Paranoid Schizophrenia

  • Poor motor coordination
  • Anxiety and low mood
  • Sensory issues
  • Attention difficulties
  • Learning difficulties
  • Tics
  • seizures