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Difficulty focusing or concentrating is a common topic in parents’ descriptions of three conditions: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, and Anxiety.
For kids diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Difficulty focusing or concentrating is one of four symptoms related to Attention according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Attention among kids with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are:
For kids diagnosed with Autism, Difficulty focusing or concentrating is one of eight symptoms related to Sensitivity and Control according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Sensitivity and Control among kids with Autism are:
Other symptoms or behaviors to look for with Difficulty focusing or concentrating
When parents mention Difficulty focusing or concentrating they also mention these other symptoms:
|Symptom||Frequency||Number of mentions|
|Acting out||Sometimes||1 mention|
|Angry behavior||Sometimes||1 mention|
|Being irritable||Sometimes||1 mention|
|Delayed speech or language development||Sometimes||1 mention|
|Difficulty completing tasks||Sometimes||1 mention|
Characteristics of Difficulty focusing or concentrating
How common is Difficulty focusing or concentrating?
Across kids of all ages represented on Sleuth, 43.03% of parents surveyed by Sleuth say their kids have Difficulty focusing or concentrating.
Percentage of kids with Difficulty focusing or concentrating by year of age
This is based on a survey of 2017 children on Sleuth. The plot shows the percentage of parents who rated their child’s Difficulty focusing or concentrating “Moderate”, “Severe”, or “Very Severe” among kids in different age groups.
|Outcome||Percent of Children||Total Mentions|
|A Few / Several Times|
|Severity||Percent of Children||Total Mentions|
|Not at All|