Hyperactivity is the condition of being more energetic and active than “normal”, easily excitable, and restless.

Symptoms of hyperactivity

Hyperactivity can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from energy or liveliness, especially in children, but some of its symptoms may include:ADHD Institute. (2017). ‘Symptoms of ADHD’. [online] Available at: http://adhd-institute.com/assessment-diagnosis/symptoms-of-adhd/ [accessed 29 Sept. 2017].NHS Choices. (2016). ‘Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – Symptoms’. [online] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/CONDITIONS/ATTENTION-DEFICIT-HYPERACTIVITY-DISORDER/Pages/Symptoms.aspx [accessed 29 Sept. 2017].

  • Constant fidgeting
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Restlessness, agitation, and unease
  • Extreme impatience
  • Aggressive and impulsive behaviour
  • Speaking continuously without pausing for thought
  • Trying to do multiple activities at once with little success



In childhood, hyperactivity often manifests in tandem with other mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, or learning difficulties.

In adulthood, while those issues may persist, the hyperactive behaviour may diminish as the person gets older, making it trickier to diagnose.Mayo Clinic. (2017). ‘Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)’. [online] Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/adult-adhd/symptoms-causes/dxc-20198866 [accessed 29 Sept. 2017].

Problems caused by hyperactivity

Hyperactivity can lead to other problems in our lives, for both children and adults.


  • Difficulties at school
  • Issues with discipline
  • Poor self-image
  • Strained relationships with friends and family


  • Difficulties at work, or with holding down a job
  • Poor self-image
  • Strained relationships with friends and family
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal impulses