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Acting out

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Acting out is a common topic in parents’ descriptions of one condition: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

For kids diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Acting out is one of three symptoms related to Acting Out according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Acting Out among kids with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are:

  1. Angry or aggressive behavior
  2. Argumentative, defiant, or disobedient behavior
  3. Emotional behavior or difficulty regulating emotions

Other symptoms or behaviors to look for with Acting out

When parents mention Acting out they also mention these other symptoms:

SymptomFrequencyNumber of mentions
MisbehavingOften19 mentions
HyperactivityOften2 mentions
Sensory processing issues (high or low sensitivity)Often2 mentions
Acting out at schoolSometimes1 mention
Angry behaviorSometimes1 mention
Defiant behaviorSometimes1 mention
Difficulty focusing or concentratingSometimes1 mention
Difficulty learningSometimes1 mention
Difficulty paying attentionSometimes1 mention
ImpulsivenessSometimes1 mention

Characteristics of Acting out

How common is Acting out?

Across kids of all ages represented on Sleuth, 41.6% of parents surveyed by Sleuth say their kids have Acting out.

Percentage of kids with Acting out by year of age

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This is based on a survey of 536 children on Sleuth. The plot shows the percentage of parents who rated their child’s Acting out “Moderate”, “Severe”, or “Very Severe” among kids in different age groups.

Frequency

OutcomePercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Continuously

6%

29 mentions
Hourly

0%

0 mentions
Daily

16%

73 mentions
Weekly

18%

81 mentions
Monthly

12%

56 mentions
Annually

6%

27 mentions
A Few / Several Times

14%

65 mentions
Once

2%

9 mentions
Never

25%

111 mentions

Severity

SeverityPercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Very Severe

10%

53 mentions
Severe

12%

63 mentions
Moderate

20%

107 mentions
Mild

18%

98 mentions
Not at All

40%

215 mentions

Discussion of Acting out

What was your approach to Acting out? What were the results?

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