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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can cause high levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors. Many people who have ADHD have trouble focusing or sitting down for a long period of time. It’s important to know that both children and adults can have ADHD.

Predominantly Inactive ADHD

There are three different types of ADHD. The first is “Predominantly Inattentive” and most people with this type of ADHD have trouble focusing, following instructions, and finishing tasks. The biggest separator between this form and the other two is that they don’t tend to disrupt a whole class and is most common with girls. The type of ADHD was previously referred to as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD

The second form of ADHD is called “Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive”. These individuals are primarily hyperactive and show impulsive behavior. This can include interrupting others, constant fidgeting and not being able to wait their turn. This form of ADHD can also make it very hard to pay attention to tasks.

Combined Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD

The third form of ADHD is called “Combined Hyperactive-Impulsive” and the inattentive type and is the most common form of ADHD. This form of ADHD displays symptoms of both of the other two. This can include the inability to pay attention, tendencies of impulsiveness as well as high levels of activity and energy.

High Functioning ADHD

Skills can be learned around awareness and focus to help with self-management and organization. ADHD is a superpower! To learn more about high functioning ADHD, read our article High Functioning ADHD: Interview with Therapy Practice Owner.

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