Childhood hyperactivity

Br J Psychiatry. 1986 Nov:149:562-73. doi: 10.1192/bjp.149.5.562.


Severe degrees of inattentive and restless behaviour in childhood are a risk factor for later psychological disorders. They have many causes, but a pattern of severe and pervasive hyperactivity with poor concentration in the absence of affective or psychotic disorders should be recognised as a hyperkinetic syndrome. The syndrome is often associated with developmental delays in abilities such as language and motor control. Powerful short-term treatments are available, but long-term ways of promoting normal personality development need more research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / therapy
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperkinesis* / diagnosis
  • Hyperkinesis* / etiology
  • Hyperkinesis* / therapy
  • Male