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Hyperactivity Green icon of hyperactive child

As defined in Western medicine, hyperactivity describes an individual exhibiting persistent, inappropriate motion and restlessness, often classified under Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Faraone et al., 2015, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry). Dr. Daniel Amen's extensive work categorizes ADHD into seven subtypes, providing nuanced insight into its heterogeneity.

Conversely, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies hyperactivity with two distinct patterns of disharmony: heat-agitating blood and Yang Excess (Xu & Gao, 2009, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine). Like boiling water, the former represents a severe condition involving external pathogens deeply affecting the body, causing mental disturbances and restlessness through an overheated blood system. The latter, Yang Excess, is associated with hyper-functionality due to emotional stressors causing Qi or blood stagnation, leading to heightened activity, heat, and dryness in the body. Both medical systems offer multifaceted approaches to understanding and treating hyperactivity.

Image of hyperactive young girl jumping up and down having a pillow fight.