What does hyperactivity mean in ADHD?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Many people feel hyper after drinking a large amount of caffeine. Others feel hyper when they are going on an exciting vacation, playing sports, or visiting with a fun group of friends. However, for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hyperactivity is more than that. Hyperactivity with ADHD can cause great difficulty in a person's life.

For people with ADHD, hyperactivity refers to a variety of symptoms. According to the National Institutes of Health, troublesome symptoms of hyperactivity in ADHD include moving constantly, having trouble concentrating, fidgeting, talking excessively, and having trouble working quietly. With ADHD, hyperactivity interferes with a person's life so much that he or she has trouble with relationships, school, or work. At times, severe hyperactivity can lead to mental health problems like depression.

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