Dear Concerned Aunt,
Although hyperactivity can certainly be linked to ADHD, for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made there must be an impairment in concentration in a variety of settings.
If the staring off is a mild form of epilepsy, theses 'absences' can cause some confusion for the child especially if they happen a number of times a day: ultimately there may be a number of 'gaps' in a conversation or movie resulting in not being one hundred percent sure of what is going on, which may result in a type of acting out behaviour.
I would recommend having him assessed by a neurologist; your GP should be able to refer you, alternatively please contact ADHASA at www.adhasa.co.za or (011) 888 7655 for a referral.
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