Children can easily be distracted and may need constant supervision to complete certain tasks. At times, children may also appear to have boundless energy and act impulsively without paying attention to what they are doing or what is happening around them. This could just be youthful exuberance, but it could also be symptoms of a deeper problem. A child with ADHD exhibits certain behaviors like being inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. A child who has these behaviors only on the playground or the classroom but nowhere else is not likely to have ADHD. Also, if a child is experiencing emotional trauma or has a learning disability and is being disruptive to avoid doing schoolwork, then they are likely not to have ADHD.
In 2016, approximately 6.1 million children ages 2-17 were diagnosed with ADHD. As many as two-thirds of all children in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with ADHD are likely to be dealing with at least one other neurological disorder or condition. This includes having a mental, behavioral, or conduct disorder. It could be anxiety and depression or other emotional problems. Possibly they could be on the autism spectrum disorder or have tourette syndrome.