Casa San Pio 
known as Staton Family Clinic


Oct 05, 2023
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When ADHD is mentioned the image of a hyper child who lacks restraint or concentration, comes to mind. Symptoms can be population specific. ADHD is an abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and it affects millions of people in the USA.

ADHD is a mental health diagnosis with three types. Inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or combined type. It is so well known that it would seem as if everyone would know the symptoms or at least the typical symptoms. The typical symptoms of ADHD include being unable to sit still in calm or quiet surroundings, constant fidgeting, unable to concentrate on tasks, excessive talking, being unable to wait for their turn, and interrupting conversations.


Symptoms in male children are usually more externalized and include more easily recognizable typical symptoms. Behaviors seen in boys are more distracting, and aggressive. They may be a rule breaker, start fights in school or have antisocial behaviors. These symptoms have a “greasy wheel” effect and usually draw more attention to male symptoms than for females. Males are often diagnosed earlier and more accurately.


Female children usually have more internalized symptoms. They are more likely looked at as space cases, daydreamers, and at the times even ditzy. Girls may display poor time management, struggle with multistep directions and task completion. Girls with ADHD may struggle with what is appropriate and have issues with keeping friends. Their impulsive behaviors may look like they are pushy, overly emotional, and aggressive. Females also use coping skills to mask some of the symptoms that they are having. In some cases, female children are diagnosed more often with a personality disorder.


Although adult males and females tend to have similar symptoms as children, there are others which are more specifically related to adults. Adults of both sexes may struggle with hyperfocus, time management issues, sleep problems, difficulty controlling emotions, low tolerance for boredom, and impulsive shopping. Additionally, there may be issues with “time blindness”, severe mood swings, carelessness, lack of attention to detail, poor organization skills, or task completion. These symptoms impact the activities of daily living and can range from mild to severe.


ADHD is a common highly treatable issue; the challenge is getting a correct diagnosis. Please talk to one of our providers if you have more questions or would like to obtain more information.