How Many Types of ADHD Are There?

There are three types of ADHD:

  • Inattentive type
  • Hyperactive-impulsive type
  • Combination type

Years ago, the inattentive type was diagnosed as ADD, while the hyperactive-impulsive type was diagnosed as ADHD. However, changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) simplified the condition to just ADHD, with three types based on an individual’s symptoms.

These three types of ADHD demonstrate how differently the disorder can appear from one person to the next. Let’s take a closer look at these ADHD types to see examples of the symptoms associated with each.

Inattentive Type ADHD

People with this type of ADHD often appear distracted and disorganized. It’s more common among adults and girls. Some of the symptoms of inattentive type ADHD include:

  • Difficulty maintaining attention
  • Not listening when spoken to
  • Easily distracted by external stimuli
  • Struggling to follow detailed instructions
  • Avoiding tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • Challenges with organizing
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Misplacing things
  • Frequently forgetful in daily activities

Hyperactive-Impulsive Type ADHD

Those with this type of ADHD are often restless and have poor control over their impulses. It is more commonly diagnosed in children and men, and is often more recognizable as the “stereotypical” presentation of the disorder. Symptoms of hyperactive-impulsive type ADHD may include:

  • Urging for constant movement
  • Fidgeting and squirming
  • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Inability to play or enjoy leisure activities quietly
  • Talking excessively
  • Frequently interrupting others
  • Blurting out answers
  • Struggling to wait their turn

Combined Type ADHD

As you can probably deduce from the name, combined type ADHD includes both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD symptoms. In order to be diagnosed with combined type ADHD, an individual must demonstrate six or more symptoms of hyperactive-impulsive ADHD and six or more symptoms of inattentive ADHD.

Symptoms Over Time

When someone is initially diagnosed, their symptoms will typically be connected to one of these ADHD types. However, ADHD type isn’t considered a permanent diagnosis. Symptoms can change over time, especially as children mature into their teen and adult years. In fact, those who were diagnosed as a child may want to be reevaluated for ADHD as an adult to see if their symptoms still warrant an ADHD diagnosis and whether the type of ADHD they have has changed.

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