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Understanding ADHD

Understanding ADHD

6. Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity is characterised by excessive motor activity and presents differently across different ages. ADHD individuals are constantly on the go, often changing from one activity to another, and find it difficult to settle. Most people understand hyperactivity to be a gross motor behaviour such as, (running, jumping, or being driven like a motor), however it can also be present in more discreet ways such as restlessness, fidgeting, excessive talking and a brain that struggles to switch off.

Symptoms of hyperactivity from the DSM-5:

  • Often fidgets or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • Often leaves seat in situations where remaining seated is expected.
  • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
  • Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
  • Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
  • Often talks excessively.

View both videos by selecting each image to see what hyperactivity looks like in children and adults.
Please Note: If you want to find out more about individual’s personal experiences of ADHD, links to the testimony videos can be found in the resource section.
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