ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a disorder found in children. Some signs of it may be not sleeping, depression, learning disabilities, behavior problems and some sort of tic disorder. The symptoms of the disorder are divided into two categories – one being inattentiveness, and the other being hyperactivity and impulsivity.
The inattention symptoms are forgetting while doing daily activities, easily distracted, loses items for the activity or assignment at hand, tries to avoid or doesn't like activities or assignments that take a lot of mental effort, has a difficult time organizing activities and assignments, doesn't finish or go through instructions on tasks one must do, does not listen when spoken to, difficult time keeping attention on what they're doing and doesn't pay attention to details, or makes useless mistakes.
However, the hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms are fidgeting around a lot, leaving when they should be staying in place, rambunctious at the wrong time, has a hard time staying quiet, always going fast and talking a lot, yells out an answer to a question before a person is done with saying it, has a hard time waiting for their turn and interrupts people.
To actually have a child diagnosed is to be based on specific symptoms that are showing on more than one occasion. Many of these symptoms are found in a lot of children and just because your child is showing one or more of these symptoms does not mean he or she has ADHD. In order to be properly diagnosed the child in question should have at least six symptoms of either variety, with some showing before the age of seven, they must consistently go one for at least six months, within two or more settings that were not set in motion by another problem, and all of the symptoms must be so prominent that they cause difficultly in the child's every-day life. If your child is showing at least six of these symptoms and you are concerned that he or she may have ADHD then you may want to have your child tested to see if they will be diagnosed while these symptoms are being exhibited.
In older children, however, it is harder to diagnose ADHD as they are usually seen as being in remission from this disorder. Even though many problems may continue to persist up into adolescence the severity of the symptoms are said to no longer meet the definition of the disorder. If you have an older child who you believe is showing symptoms of ADHD then you can have the child evaluated through: parent and teacher questionnaires, psychological evaluations of both the child and the child's family (which would include IQ tests and psychological tests), and a complete examination of the child which would be based on his or her developmental, mental, nutritional, physical, and psychosocial health. If you feel that your child has ADHD do not fear to get them tested and your child can live a better and more focused life.