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There are three types of ADHD:

1. Inattentive

This is what is typically referred to when someone uses the term ADD. This means a person shows enough symptoms of inattention (or easy distractibility) but isn’t hyperactive or impulsive.

2. Hyperactive-Impulsive

This type occurs when a person has symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity but not inattention.

3. Combined

This type is when a person has symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

 

Inattention

A child can be diagnosed as inattentive if the child:

  • is easily distracted

  • is forgetful, even in daily activities

  • fails to give close attention to details in school work or other activities, including making careless mistakes

  • has trouble keeping attention on tasks or activities

  • ignores a speaker, even when spoken to directly

  • does not follow instructions, fails to finish schoolwork or chores, and loses focus or is easily side-tracked

  • has trouble with organization

  • dislikes and avoids tasks that require long periods of mental effort, such as homework

  • loses vital things needed for tasks and activities (e.g., books, keys, wallet, phone)

 

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

A child can be diagnosed as hyperactive or impulsive if the child:

  • appears to be always on the go

  • excessively talks

  • has severe difficulty waiting for their turn

  • squirms in their seat, taps their hands or feet, or fidgets

  • gets up from a seat when remaining seated is expected

  • runs around or climbs in inappropriate situations

  • is unable to quietly play or take part in leisure activities

  • blurts out an answer before a question has been finished

  • intrudes on and interrupts others constantly

 

More Criteria

Along with symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, a child or adult must meet the following additional criteria:

  • displays several symptoms before the age of 12

  • exhibits symptoms in more than one setting, such as school, at home, with friends, or other activities

  • shows clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with their functioning at school or work, or impact their ability to socialize with others

  • the symptoms are not explained by another condition, such as psychotic, mood, or anxiety disorder

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    If you think that your child meets this criteria, call us today to schedule a consultation.