The primary symptoms of ADHD are inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Closely connected to the primary symptoms are symptoms such as aggressive impulsive behavior and a low frustration level. Let's take a look at little Johnny, the sixth grade bully, to try to put these puzzle pieces together.
Little Johnny started his day unable to find his homework assignment which he only partially completed last night due to being constantly distracted by his little sister. He told his parents he had completed it but despite his best effort he had not. They were angry and told little Johnny if he continued down this road he would be in trouble. Once arriving at school the other kids ignored him due to his inability to carry on a civil conversation. When Little Johnny's favorite girl Sara told him that another boy (Ben) had called her on the phone last night Johnny exploded. He yelled and screamed at Sara then threatened to beat Ben up. These actions only made him more isolated and made Sara doubt whether Johnny was really the guy she thought. About that time Ben showed up only to be blindsided by a haymaker from Little Johnny. Johnny was then suspended from school only leading to more pent up anger.
Not the greatest story but you get the point.
When discussing ADHD violent behavior we are really talking about the combination of ADHD symptoms combined with external influences, in other words situational anger. Let's face it we all get angry sometimes but have learned to control our emotions. For the ADHD personality his impulsivity when combined with anger can be like pouring gasoline on a fire.
Another factor when can promote ADHD violent behavior is frustration. Most ADHD children and adults alike are constantly frustrated. Their inattention leads to problems following directions, their impulsivity lead to problems completing assignments, their hyperactivity leads to behavioral issues. After all who wouldn't become frustrated if failure was much more common than success. Frustration leads to anxiety and nervousness which can produce an impulsive response if the right trigger is applied.
Also there seems to be some anecdotal evidence to suggest that antidepressant prescription medications (SSRIs) such as Zoloft may promote violent behavior. There are good arguments on both sides of this controversial subject. If you have seen a change in aggressive behavior in your ADHD child, after implementing an SSRI, then you should consider asking your medical professional to evaluate the situation.
In summary, if you have a child exhibiting ADHD violent behavior you should notify your medical professional as soon as possible. It could be caused by such things as incorrect or changing mediation dosage, situational occurrences, or deeper problems but whatever the cause it should be checked out.
Additionally, many parents are considering certain natural treatment options such as homeopathy. Homeopathic treatment options for ADHD are very safe and have shown to be effective at addressing such common ADHD symptoms as erratic behavior, distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. If you are a parent looking for an alternative to prescription drugs then a homeopathic ADHD treatment option is worth considering.