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ADHD and Impulsive Symptoms

Signs of Impulsivity


Updated January 17, 2009

An individual with ADHD may have difficulty with self-control and inhibiting behaviors. Impulsive symptoms include the following:
  • Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.
  • Often has difficulty waiting one’s turn.
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).
  • Acts before thinking through consequences.

Other Major Symptoms of ADHD:

Hyperactivity and Inattention

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition, Text Revision) DSM-IV. Washington, D.C. 2000.

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