Hyperactive refers to the display of an unusually high level of energy and an inability to remain still or quiet.

In psychology, the term "hyperactive" typically refers to a pattern of excessive or unusually high levels of physical or mental activity. Hyperactivity can be a symptom of a variety of conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hyperthyroidism, and certain neurological or developmental disorders.

Hyperactivity can be expressed in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Excessive talking or difficulty remaining quiet
  • Fidgeting or squirming in one's seat
  • Difficulty staying seated or remaining in one place
  • Excessive physical activity or difficulty engaging in quiet activities

Here are some examples of hyperactivity in psychology:

  • A child with ADHD has difficulty staying focused in school and frequently interrupts or talks out of turn.

  • A person with hyperthyroidism experiences an increased heart rate and difficulty sitting still.

  • A person with a neurological disorder exhibits increased physical activity and difficulty engaging in quiet activities.

Hyperactivity can be a challenging and disruptive symptom, and it can interfere with a person's ability to function in daily life. Treatment for hyperactivity may include medication, behavioral therapy, or other interventions, depending on the underlying cause of the symptom.

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