Types of ADHD



There are three different types of ADHD, depending on which types of symptoms are strongest in the individual:

-Predominantly Inattentive Presentation:
It is hard for the individual to organize or finish a task, to pay attention to details, or to follow instructions or conversations. The person is easily distracted or forgets details of daily routines.

-Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: The person fidgets and talks a lot. It is hard to sit still for long (e.g., for a meal or while doing homework). Smaller children may run, jump or climb constantly. The individual feels restless and has trouble with impulsivity.

Someone who is impulsive may interrupt others a lot, grab things from people, or speak at inappropriate times. It is hard for the person to wait their turn or listen to directions. A person with impulsiveness may have more accidents and injuries than others.

-Combined Presentation:
Symptoms of the above two types are equally present in the person.
Because symptoms can change over time, the presentation may change over time as well.

Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities