A concerned parent suspects that her 6-year-old boy has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She asked the nurse what are the major characteristics of ADHD, the correct response by the nurse is:


•ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. In children, inattention makes them unable to complete tasks effectively and it interferes with their daily activities. They become easily distracted and often may not seem to listen.

•Impulsiveness causes them to act before they think and they have difficulty with such tasks as waiting for their turn in a game.

•With hyperactivity, children may shift excessively from one activity to another, exhibiting excessive or exaggerated muscle activity.

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