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Your baby may cry excessively and have problems sleeping or eating. Does that mean that they may develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder later on in life?

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Symptoms of ADHD later in childhood

  • Trouble focusing
  • Impulsiveness
  • High frustration
  • Impatience
  • Forgetfulness or task avoidance
  • Disorganization

Infant attention issues that may be a precursor to ADHD symptoms

Colic babies

Babies that cry and fuss nonstop are said to be at a higher risk of developing ADHD symptoms later in childhood.

The uncontrollable fussiness that occurs for no apparent reason is known as colic. Most colic outbursts happen in the evenings. Colic may start in babies from when they are six weeks old, but it often wanes by the time they are 4 months old.

New studies show that 20 % of babies have symptoms such as continuous crying and sleeping problems in their early infancy. But these symptoms are expected to disappear by the time the child is old enough for preschool.

Interventions and treatments for fussy babies include proper feeding and soothing them with motion, sound, and pacifiers.

But babies with persistent fussiness and whose blood relatives have a history of ADHD may need early diagnosis and intervention.

When the fussiness is continually more aggressive, and their crying is more demanding with a sense of urgency, you may want to keep a close eye on them for other ADHD-like symptoms.


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ADHD symptoms can be seen and treated in early ages of life.


Constant fatigue

Irritability and fussiness in babies may be as a result of tiredness and fatigue. Signs of fatigue in infants include sucking fingers, yawning, rubbing eyes, jerky motions, and pulling ears.

Fatigue may be a sign of sleeping and feeding problems or side effects of medication. If proper feeding and sleep scheduling does not solve the issues, talk to a pediatrician. The constant fatigue could well be a sign of infections such as the Epstein-Barr virus or illnesses such as asthma.

In some cases, persistent fatigue and restlessness in babies is a precursor for ADHD. From the onset, the baby’s young brain is impacted in its production of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. The result is reduced focus and fatigue that may happen early in the morning and the rest of the day.

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Sensory processing issues     

At a young age, children may start to show signs of challenges in tactile and social sensory processing. That relates to how they respond to touch, temperature, vibration, and social stimulations. Sensory processing issues may be a precursor to delayed development and learning disabilities.

As they grow into toddlerhood the relationship between inattention, sensory over-response, and learning disabilities may grow clearer.

From difficulties in fine motor skills and the ability to interact appropriately with others, the baby may develop into a child that seems to make careless mistakes, give up easily, or not listen to instructions.

Sensory processing anomalies may be diagnosed as a learning disability and nothing else. But a significant percentage of cases like these lead to an ADHD diagnosis.

Early impairment in sensory information processing may lead to a hypersensitive reaction to stimuli that evolves into ADHD symptoms by the time the child is four years old.

Emotional hypersensitivity

Babies get angry too, and it’s normal for them to throw tantrums if it gets them what they want. The behavior may improve as they grow older, but in some cases, this could be persistent and evolve into ADHD.

The impulsive nature of ADHD in children and adults means that if they are angry, they can’t hold it in. They must communicate it there and then.

An infant with a higher predisposition to developing ADHD may, therefore, be said to be ‘high-need’ compared to babies that don’t have a risk for the condition.


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Breastfeeding is healthy for the baby’s health for avoiding ADHD.


Higher activity levels

Early signs of ADHD may similarly be measured in your infant’s physical activities. Are they a sound sleeper? If they have trouble settling in or sleeping through the night, it points to the same case of ‘high need baby’ which may be an indicator of ADHD symptoms in the future.

It is the same case for babies that find it hard to relax when awake. Their muscles are always tensed, and they seem ready for action. Some of these infants will hate being swaddled or wrapped in a blanket. They flip and roll, stiffen their hands and legs and arch their backs when it’s time to hold them, breastfeed them or bathe them.

Symptoms of hyperactivity in infants may disappear as they grow into toddlers, but sometimes they lead to a diagnosis of ADHD.

Attention seeking behaviors

All babies like to be held, comforted, and nursed, but some more than others. Some of these cases, where the child drains out all your energy because all you do from dawn to dusk is make them comfortable could be an early indicator of ADHD.

These babies may have too frequent and irregular feeding habits. Breastfeeding that is supposed to be 30 or 45 minutes takes 5 minutes and becomes erratic, and unpredictable throughout the day.

From feeding the fussiness turns into something else, like the need for sleep, but the moment you lay them down and leave the room, they let out a piercing cry.

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In most cases, ADHD is only successfully diagnosed after their preschool years. But an early and developmentally-informed clinical intervention can help to reduce the severity of the condition when it occurs.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that manifests itself through hyperactivity, inattention, impulsiveness, or a combination. ADHD might make it difficult for you to focus at school or work, leading to complications like social ostracism or relationship difficulties.

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Depression, on the other hand, is a serious mental disorder that affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. It can manifest as intense feelings of loneliness, sadness, or the lack of interest in things you otherwise enjoy.

Although ADHD and depression are two different conditions, they sometimes tend to overlap. If you have both ADHD and depression, you might be wondering what it means for you and how you can make it better. This article unpacks for you both ADHD and depression among adults.


Overlap Between ADHD and Depression

People with ADHD are highly likely to develop depression or other types of mental conditions like anxiety disorder. Often, this is linked to the stress that people with ADHD experience because of the challenges that come with the medical condition.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests that about half of all adults living with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. ADHD cases in adults have also been found to be higher in people suffering from other conditions like chronic depression, comorbid anxiety, or severe depression.


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ADHD can trigger chronic stress in adults which can further cause other health issues


The Medication Effect

The medication that you use to treat ADHD can have its side effects. In some cases, it can worsen the symptoms of depression or cause you to develop symptoms that manifest like depression.

This can make it difficult for your physician to identify the two conditions and treat them separately and properly. However, while depression can be episodic, ADHD is a lifelong disorder. If you think your ADHD medication is causing symptoms of depression, you should talk to your physician.

Signs and symptoms

Some common signs of depression include irritability, eating too much or too little, trouble sleeping, sadness, hopelessness, loneliness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and lack of interest.

Common symptoms of ADHD in adults include impulsiveness, poor planning, trouble multitasking, mood swings, trouble concentrating, restlessness, and inability to complete tasks.

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ADHD and depression share some symptoms such as loss of motivation and difficulty concentrating. However, these symptoms manifest for different reasons in ADHD and depression. For instance, if you have ADHD, you may lack motivation because you have trouble concentrating. On the other hand, if you have depression, you may lack motivation because you feel there is no purpose.

Signs that can show you have both depression and ADHD include:

  • Impulsivity
  • Disorganization
  • Forgetfulness
  • Trouble remaining focused
  • Too much attention to one activity
  • Anger and frustration
  • Restlessness

While you may experience these symptoms when you have ADHD without depression, it may be hard to tell if you have ADHD with depression.


If you suspect that you have depression or ADHD, you should seek professional help. The specialist you talk to will ensure a correct diagnosis and recommend effective treatment.

For depression, they will ask questions about your symptoms and history. They may also order a blood test or conduct a physical examination to rule out other causes and diseases.

On the other hand, the diagnosis of ADHD involves the specialist conducting a diagnostic evaluation. These evaluations may include symptoms checklist, a detailed history of functioning, standardized behavioral rating scales, and information from family or people who know you well.


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You can treat ADHD symptoms through prompt coordination with your therapist



Standard treatment for ADHD in adults involves skills training, medication, and psychological counseling. Psychotherapy may be either cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, or both. A combination of these treatments may be more effective, depending on your diagnosis.

Although these treatments do not cure ADHD, they can help you manage the symptoms and enable you to live a more fulfilling life.

Treatment options for depression mostly involve managing the symptoms. This can be through psychotherapy, drug treatment, and support. Medics may prescribe antidepressant medication for moderate to severe depression.

Psychotherapy for depression includes interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, problem-solving, among others. Your doctor may also recommend supplements, exercise, and diet to manage depression.

Depression and ADHD cases in adults have been on the rise in the recent past. While these are two different conditions, we have established they can co-exist, and in some cases, one may worsen the symptoms of the other.


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However, early on, an appropriate diagnosis may help manage the symptoms and reduce the risk of developing depression if you already have ADHD. Since the two can easily overlap, consult a licensed doctor if you think you have either or both. This way, you will receive proper personalized help based on your situation.

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Childhood is a period filled with plenty of growth and changes. As children grow up, it is reasonable to see them restless and full of energy buzzing from one activity to another, hardly attentive.

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On other occasions, they will be daydreaming in class, coming home, and forget about chores and homework. Yet, what can be considered normal may, at times, be symptoms of a chronic condition ADHD.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is the more well-known name for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that often appears early in life and often carries on into adulthood.

ADHD makes it difficult for the children to control their spontaneous responses, whether it is their speech, making them blurt out comments at inappropriate times. It also often makes them hyperactive and inattentive, which affects their ability to stay still and focus on one task until completion.

Children who have ADHD and who do not receive treatment struggle with various issues in vital areas of their lives. Such issues include self-esteem, performance in school, and difficulty in their relationships.

Symptoms for ADHD

The challenge of identifying ADHD is in separating normal behavior from ADHD symptoms. It is common for preschoolers and even teenagers to struggle with attention for long spans. At the same time, children by nature tend to have more energy, and some may have a higher activity level than others, which is natural.

The main ADHD difference with routine behavior, which is part of a child’s growth, is not confined to some situations. ADHD symptoms are present whether the child is playing, at school, or at home.

There are three main symptoms shown by children with ADHD;



Children with ADHD have significant trouble staying on track and focusing and staying on track, especially when they find the task or subject repetitive and boring. They are likely to demonstrate the following behavior;

  • They struggle to pay attention and will often daydream
  • They do not seem to be listening
  • They get easily distracted when working or playing, especially when other things are going around
  • They tend to make careless mistakes and do not seem to consider details
  • They tend to avoid things and tasks that will demand continuous mental effort
  • Are often forgetful and tend to lode important things frequently
  • Do not follow through instructions
  • They have difficulty completing tasks
  • They experience difficulty in staying organized and planning.



Hyperactivity is one of the most obvious signs of ADHD, and while most children will demonstrate high activity levels when young, those with ADHD are always on the move jumping from one activity to the next.

Often, they seem to be doing several things at once, and even when forced to sit still will have finger drumming or their legs tapping. Some of the behaviors include;

  • They have difficulty staying seated whether at home, school, or other situations
  • They are frequently squirming and fidgeting
  • Tend to talk too much
  • They are ever in constant motion and will often be jumping, running, and climbing even when this is inappropriate.
  • They cannot play or do other activities quietly.


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Impulsivity in ADHD children makes them struggle with self-control, and they hardly experience self-inhibition as other children do. Since they hardly censure themselves, ADHD children will often interrupt in activities and conversations, make tactless comments and observations, invade others’ personal space, and often ask personal or irrelevant questions.

Other behaviors they may exhibit as a result of their impulsivity include;

  • Acting or speaking without thinking
  • Struggle with having to take turns
  • Frequently interrupting others in conversations, play or work
  • Blurting out answers before being picked or waiting to hear the full question
  • Struggle with having to keep powerful emotions in check may make them temperamental and often cause tantrums and emotional outbursts
  • Prefer guessing solutions rather than thinking through problems.


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Common symptoms of ADHD are known among children


How is an ADHD diagnosis confirmed?

It is difficult to accurately diagnose ADHD in children under the age of four since children under this age develop and change rapidly. The average age for diagnosis of moderate is seven years. By the time children get to this age, those with ADHD will have stood out already in the three main symptoms.

To confirm an ADHD diagnosis, pediatricians follow a set of guidelines set by the American Academy of Paediatricians since there is no single test for the condition. The guidelines include;

  • The symptoms need to occur in two or more settings and should cause some impairment.
  • For children aged 4-17 years, six or more symptoms have to be identified.
  • For children 17 years or older, five or more symptoms should be identified.
  • The symptoms should cause significant impairment in your child’s ability to function in some of the daily life activities like performance in school, relationships with parents and siblings, relationships with friends, etc.
  • Symptoms start before the child gets to the age of 12 even though they may not be recognized as ADHD symptoms at the time until at an older age.
  • Symptoms have gone on for more than six months.


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ADHD is common even in adulthood




Fortunately, there are treatment and coping strategies that, while it may not cure the condition completely, will help the children deal with and manage the symptoms and lead productive lives.

Early diagnosis and subsequent treatment of ADHD are vital for the success of the treatment plan. Therefore, early recognition of the symptoms is crucial.


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