What is ADHD?

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There are 3 different types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or combined type.

Children must show at least 6 behavioral symptoms of inattention/hyperactivity for at least 6 months, and these symptoms must be inconsistent with the child's age. Some of the symptoms must have been present before the child was 7 years old, and the symptoms must happen in 2 or more settings, such as at home and at school.

Adults must have shown symptoms of ADHD during childhood, and the current symptoms must be present in 2 or more settings.

Remember, ADHD is a condition that only your health care provider can diagnose.

arrow down ADHD, inattentive type

  • Lack of attention to details/makes careless mistakes
  • Unable to pay attention for a long time
  • Poor listening skills
  • Doesn’t follow through on tasks
  • Organization is difficult
  • Avoids tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Loses things
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful

arrow down ADHD, hyperactive–impulsive type

  • Fidgeting/squirming
  • Leaving seat
  • Inappropriate running/climbing
  • Difficulty with quiet activities
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others
  • Often “on the go“
  • Excessive talking
  • Blurting answers
  • Can’t wait his or her turn

arrow down ADHD, combined type

  • Meeting criteria for both inattentive and hyperactive–impulsive types
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