Is It Bad Behavior…Or ADHD?

A little boy sitting on the sofa with his arms crossed and making an angry expression(BlackDoctor.org) — Some children are always out of control. Sometimes it’s naughty behavior, sometimes it’s the result of poor parenting…but sometimes, out-of-control behavior is caused by a mental health disorder known as ADHD.

ADHD Symptoms

While bad behavior often accompanies other symptoms of ADHD, bad behavior in isolation is not ADHD. Children with ADHD simply cannot contain their impulses and active behavior like other kids, and these symptoms sometimes resemble bad behavior:

1. Inattention — daydreaming, lack of organization, inability to start or stick with routine tasks

2. Impulsivity — saying and doing things that are inappropriate (interrupting, being disruptive) on a regular basis