From forgetfulness and trouble finishing a task to issues with poor organization, there are several common symptoms of ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that manifest in children. However, while you are watching for these signs or if you have discussed these symptoms with your doctor, you might be surprised to learn there are uncommon signs of ADHD that can lead to a misdiagnosis.
Here are a few uncommon and surprising symptoms of ADHD in children.
Getting a good night's sleep is critical for kids to grow and succeed in school. If your child is having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, having trouble staying away in class, or their grades are slipping, the issue could be ADHD. Many children with ADHD have problems maintaining a schedule, including a good sleep schedule.
Your child might lie down at night to rest but become distracted by a favorite toy or for older kids, their cellphone or laptop. If your child was recently diagnosed with ADHD and were prescribed a stimulant, it could be making it difficult for them to fall asleep. An undiagnosed ADHD patient who consumes sugar or caffeine before bed will also have issues with falling asleep and staying asleep as well.
Bruxism, another condition that is connected to childhood ADHD, at night can also be impacting your child's ability to get a good night's sleep.
Poor Short-Term Memory
If your child can easily recall the time they had ice cream for dinner several years ago but cannot remember to finish their homework or the chores you reminded them to complete a few minutes ago, the issue could be ADHD. Many children with undiagnosed ADHD often have trouble with their short-term memory.
Talk with your doctor to determine if your child's ability to remember to finish their homework, chores, or any information that was provided to them in the short term.
Anxiety and Depression
Finally, if your child is having mood swing or exhibiting some of the signs associated with anxiety and depression, such as a disinterest in hobbies or activities they once loved, trouble getting out of bed, or excessive worrying, the issue might be ADHD. Many children with ADHD have triggers that can change their mood very quickly. Talk to your doctor about the connection between ADHD and mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
From issues with short-term memory to mood swings, anxiety, and depression, there are several unexpected symptoms associated with adolescent ADHD. Contact a business like Associated Psychologists & Counselors to learn more.Share