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  • Being disruptive in class, perhaps trying to entertain people
  • Starting an activity without thinking through the consequences (e.g., doing a painting on the dinner table without newspaper underneath, starting to bake cupcakes at bedtime, cutting good clothing to alter its appearance)
  • Rushing through activities without doing them properly in order to get them done (e.g., brushing teeth, homework, music practice)
  • Impulsively speaking without realising the comment might be inappropriate
  • Difficulty keeping secrets when asked
  • Difficulty tolerating boredom (opting for stimulating activities)
  • Getting excited about something new then quickly losing interest
  • Difficulty persisting with activities that require commitment and practice unless very interested (e.g., learning an instrument or language, maths practice)
  • Overeating and making poor food choices
  • Smoking or drinking or impulsive sex (in teenage years)
  • Running up bills for excessive phone use or TV/music downloads
  • Careless spending of pocket money or other savings
  • Difficulty resisting the stimulation of social media, internet, TV, and gaming
  • Engaging in risky impulsive activities, typically when revved up in the company of friends (e.g., train-surfing, shopping trolley joy-rides, being pulled on a skate board behind a car, shoplifting minor items)