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Alternative namesActivity - increased; Hyperkinetic behavior
DefinitionHyperactivity is a state of excessive muscular activity. This term is also used to describe a situation when a particular portion of the body is excessively active, such as when a gland produces too much of its particular hormone. See also attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) .
Hyperactive behavior commonly refers to a group of characteristics. This can include constant activity, easy distractibility, impulsiveness, inability to concentrate, aggressiveness, and similar behaviors.
Hyperactivity is often considered more of a problem for schools and parents than it is for the affected child. However, many hyperactive children are unhappy or even depressed because their inability to sit still makes them a target for bullying, makes in harder for them to connect with other children, can make schoolwork difficult, and punishment for their behavior common.
Home CareA child who is normally very active often responds well to specific directions and a program of regular physical activity. A child with a hyperactivity disorder, on the other hand, has a hard time following directions and controlling impulses.
Call your health care provider if
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed. There may also be a review of the home and school environments.
Medical history questions documenting hyperactivity in detail may include:
The physical examination may include a thorough psychological evaluation.
Update Date: 5/24/2002Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT