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What are the differences between a really hyperactive child and a child with adhd?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 years experience
None: Severe hyperactivity is a symptom of adhd. In fact, a child can have adhd and show primarily hyperactive symptoms with few if any inattentive ones.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Several...: Children with adhd who are hyperactive, also are easily distracted, impulsive and have trouble organizing tasks, all characteristics of adhd. If a child only exhibits active behavior, without these other symptoms, they do not have adhd.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
None: Adhd is a neurologic condition that is caused by an inefficient "brain manager." hyperactivity is a symptom that results from poor inhibition of motor function. So is inattention, distractibility, disorganization, task incompletion, dysregulated self control, and impulsivity. These are symptoms of a neurologic problem. Some symptoms being more obvious in some patients than others.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Very few: Most children with severe hyperactivity have adhd.These children suffer from dysregulation of executive functions in their brain, and therefore present also with impulsivity and at times innatention.Children with developmental delay, mental retardation, odd, bipolar disorder, ptsd and some autistic children could also present with severe hyperactivity.

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