Some of the common problems that are often faced by Indian parents is often a mismatch with the signs usually given in the foreign books and websites primarily due to the following reasons.
Hyperactivity is one of the noted symptoms of ADHD. But it 's hard to define hyperactivity. To every parent, a tantrum throwing kid might look like a very hyperactive child. But remember there is a significant difference. Also, parents in over populous metro cities in India should not categorise their child as merely hyperactive. Children need to channelise their energy in open spaces. Often the lack of it because of ever shrinking open fields makes the kids irritated and you feel it is hyperactivity. Other hand this behaviour is perfectly reasonable.
Impulsive behaviour is another major indicator of ADHD. It becomes hard to distinguish between impulsivity in a pre schooler because children by nature are impulsive. They are in the process of learning self-control. Moreover, self-control is relative and varies with the individual. Another important aspect of self-control in eastern culture is that we are more restrictive and demanding in self-control than our western counter part. So a deviation from it from a typical hyperactive kid should not be taken as a warning sign. Make the environment more conducive and see how the child reacts. The environment is a major factor in this case.
Another important factor is the child displaying these behaviours in multiple setting, and being fairly consistent in it. Sometimes a child may dislike an activity or the environment or even a person. So a report from that person or disinterest in that particular activity is not a measurement. However, the complaint may consistent, but the cause is different from ADHD symptom. An example maybe an intense dislike for an activity and so the child is inattentive. A complaint from the instructor does not prove that the child is suffering from inattention.
ADHD is a is a relatively new term in India, The Indian social system is not very supportive of any behavioural and mental disorder even if it is entirely treatable. So as parents you have to be observant and knowledgeable to explain to others and primarily support your child.