James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Hyperactivity

You can tell that your dad is getting frustrated. You tried to mow the lawn, but you left rows of tall grass crisscrossing the yard, and you forgot to do the other side of the driveway altogether. At one point your mom called out to you to ask what you wanted for lunch, and you went to her to respond, leaving the motor running until your brother noticed and told your dad.

Things are even worse with your homework. As you stare at your math problems, you can't concentrate long enough to reach the end of an equation. You keep jumping out of your chair to peek at basketball scores on the television. You would like to pull out a video game, but your mom said you had to wait until you finish your assignment. But you are overwhelmed with boredom. You bounce the pencil up and down on the table. You reach for the eraser and lob it across the room into the wastebasket. "Score!"

Then you pull out the video game.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Learning and Conduct Problems Commonly Accompany ADHD
  • Several Different Conditions Can Cause Hyperactivity in an Adult
  • How to Cope with ADHD
  • Stimulant Medications

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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