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ADHD is associated with persistent symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsiveness that cause educational, social and emotional problems.
Children with ADHD may have difficulty learning, communicating and interacting. Because of this, they may have problems at school, may find it difficult to make and keep friends, and can be unpopular with their peers and teachers because of their challenging behaviour.
Children with ADHD may show mainly symptoms of inattention, or of hyperactivity and impulsiveness or, more commonly, both.
To qualify as true ADHD, these problems:
Some children only have problems with inattention and some (actually very few) only have problems with hyperactivity and impulsiveness, but many have a combination of both types of problem.
The term hyperkinetic disorder is also sometimes used to describe those children with severe ADHD, with significant hyperactivity.