Difference Between Mere Hyperactivity And ADHD?

Hi there:

I’m curious: what are the differences between mere hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
When me and my younger half-sister were kids, there was talk about her having hyperactivity. I’m just curious if its really ADHD she has. Over the years, my sister has exhibited the following:

1.)Having temper tantrums at me over things not my fault, then three minutes later, acting like nothing happened, and she seems oblivious to the fact that I’m feeling angry and hurt.
2.)A very self-centred streak, like she’s lost in her own little world and can’t see things from another person’s point of view.
3.)Spreads malicious gossip about people right in front of the person she’s talking about.
4.) Does or says something hurtful to someone else, then when confronted about her behaviour, seems bewildered and denies having done the hurtful deed (I’m not sure whether she really doesn’t remember doing the deed, or is she acting?).

Difference Between Hyperactivity And ADHD

Hyperactivity is just a part of ADHD. There are people who are hyperactive but they aren’t lacking in attention; they can focus on what they need to do. These people might be just too passionate and they’re anxious if they have a lot of idle time. Sometimes it’s better to consult a medical professional to identify if your sister truly has ADHD or ADD. There’s nothing to fear about the diagnosis, it’s better than you keep on guessing. Below are links that can help you.

ADD | ADHD | Hyperactivity in Children | Inattention | Impulsivity …
It will always be universally true that prevention is better than the cure and knowledge is prevention. Read this wonderful write-up to learn about attention deficit disorder, attention deficit disorder symptoms, and what causes add.

Hyperactivity And ADHD

Hyperactivity And ADHD

Difference Between an Energetic Child and One With ADHD
Your sister might just be energetic. She might just need an outlet where he can express herself better. It’s great if she can find like-minded individuals where she can hangout with.

TOP 10 QUESTIONS on ADHD « Dr Hallowell ADHD and mental …
Lots of wonderful insights about hyperactivity, ADHD, and ADD on this wonderful article.

Read these other wonderful articles from Health Line and Time.


Lots of heartfelt and helpful advice for people who care for someone who has ADHD.

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  • JC February 11, 2009, 7:14 am

    A shrink would probably lean towards a diagnosis of conduct disorder more than ADHD. ADHD is misdiagnosed way to much and there is much debate about what are real symptoms. In regards to your question, though, ADHD people have a hard time staying on task and completing things they start. A hyperactive person can complete things but typically get bored quickly. This is just one example of many. If you look up 'conduct disorder' you might find traits that fit you sister, and if so, good luck dealing with her. Better consult with a professional psychiatrist.