We think of kids with ADHD as having trouble paying attention. But for many of them — and their parents — behaviour is a big problem, too. Sometimes a bigger problem.
Tantrums and defiance are not symptoms of ADHD itself, but they are often a result of ADHD symptoms. Inattention and impulsivity can make it very difficult for kids to tolerate tasks that are repetitive, or take a lot of work, or kids find boring. Children with ADHD can be overwhelmed with frustration, and they are generally less able than other kids their age to manage powerful feelings without an outburst.
But behaviour problems can also go beyond impulsive outbursts. Some kids with ADHD develop negative behaviour patterns as a response to years of finding themselves in conflict with adults.
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