The three main characteristics of ADD/ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. While many adults do not get diagnosed as children, the symptoms are often noticeable between the ages of three to seven years of age. Most children are not diagnosed until they reach school age, when they are involved in a structured setting and compared against a set of behavioral standards.
Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity as common ADHD/ADD symptoms:
a. Inattention (not being able to focus on tasks on hand or complete expected tasks). Paying attention and avoiding distractions is a common trait for those suffering from ADHD/ADD. Being careless, disorganized, appearing not to listen and putting off completing tasks are also common for those suffering for the disorder.
b. Hyperactivity: Also present before the age of seven is the hyperactivity component of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Not being able to sit still, constantly fidgeting and having to get up and walk around are common characteristics of hyperactivity.
c. Impulsivity:A person suffering from impulsivity will often be unable to wait their turn for games, blurt out answers or comments without thinking and not wait for the right time to speak. They also touch and grab items that are not theirs, begin working before full instructions are given and disturb others.