There are actually thought to be three different types of ADHD, each with different symptoms: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive and combined. Diagnosing ADHD requires a comprehensive evaluation and cannot be done with one single test.There are actually thought to be three different types of ADHD, each with different symptoms: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive and combined.
Those living with the predominantly inattentive type often:
• fail to pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities;
• have difficulty sustaining attention to tasks or leisure activities; do not seem to listen when spoken to directly;
• do not follow through on instructions and fail to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace;
• have difficulty organizing tasks and activities;
• avoid, dislike or are reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort;
• lose things necessary for tasks or activities;
• are easily distracted by extraneous stimuli; and are forgetful in daily activities.
Those living with the predominantly hyperactive/impulsive type often:
• fidget with their hands or feet or squirm in their seat;
• leave their seat in situations in which remaining seated is expected;
• move excessively or feel restless during situations in which such behavior is inappropriate;
• have difficulty engaging in leisure activities quietly;
• are "on the go" or act as if "driven by a motor;"
• talk excessively;
• blurt out answers before questions have been completed;
• have difficulty awaiting their turn; andinterrupt or intrude on others.
Those living with the combined type, the most common type of ADHD, have a combination of the inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms.
It is also important to note that ADHD is a condition that often coexists with other conditions. Read more about ADHD and coexisting conditions.