The characteristics of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.


  • Are effortlessly distracted, fail to catch details, are forgetful, and regularly switch activities
  • Find it difficult to focus
  • Are quickly bored with projects, unless it is something they enjoy
  • Find organizing and completing tasks, or learning something new, to be challenging
  • Struggle completing or submitting homework or other assignments
  • Often lose things which are essential in completing tasks
  • Have difficulty listening in conversations
  • Daydream
  • Are often confused
  • Sometimes move slowly
  • Struggle to quickly and accurately process information
  • Have a hard time following instructions


  • Are often restless, especially while sitting
  • Can be nonstop talkers
  • Run around while touching various things
  • Are constantly moving
  • Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities


  • Impatience
  • Can sometimes make inappropriate comments
  • Display their emotions unrestrained
  • Act without taking consequences into account
  • Find it hard to wait for things they want
  • Interrupt conversations and activities

Only a licensed mental health professional can provide an ADHD diagnosis, after a thorough evaluation. If you think you or your child might have ADHD, contact your local mental health professional.

Many people with ADHD now live a life free of their condition’s symptoms, while others have embraced solutions that make their condition easily manageable.

If you’re interested in a natural solution to manage your ADHD, EMPowerplus Advanced—combined with other healthy lifestyle changes—may be the answer. Check out the independent research that has studied the effects and benefits of using EMPowerplus to manage ADHD.