Types of ADHD
There are 3 main types of ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder:
- ADHD mainly inattentive
- ADHD mainly hyperactive-impulsive
- ADHD combined
The combined type, where a child has symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness, is the most common type of ADHD.
Around 2-5% of school children can experience ADHD with the condition being diagnosed more often in boys than it is in girls.
Symptoms of ADHD mainly inattentive include:
- Not paying attention to detail
- Making careless mistakes
- Failing to pay attention and keep on task
- Not listening
- Being unable to follow or understand instructions
- Avoiding tasks that involve effort
- Being distracted or forgetful
- Losing things that are needed to complete tasks
Symptoms of mainly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD include:
- Getting up often when seated
- Running or climbing at inappropriate times
- Having trouble playing quietly
- Talking excessively or out of turn
ADHD combined symptoms
A child with ADHD combined will display symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.