What is ADHD?

ADHD is a comprehensive disorder that leads to different behaviors among children and adults including hyperactivity, difficulty holding attention, as well as impulsive actions.

\While it originally stood for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, this definition has been slightly modified, since the condition involves more than just attention deficit and hyperactivity.

There are three types of ADHD:

  1. ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive Type (ADHD-PI) – More commonly known to the general public as Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD, the Predominantly Inattentive type is characterized by symptoms such as distractedness, constant daydreaming and forgetfulness, or difficulty completing tasks.

  2. ADHD-Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type – The Hyperactive-Impulsive type is characterized by symptoms such as hyperactivity, destructive behaviors, and chronic or exaggerated impatience.

  3. ADHD-Combined Type – The Combined type is characterized by symptoms that are a combination of the previous two types.

There is no complete cure for ADHD, but symptoms can be minimized by carrying out different treatments dependent on the specific signs and symptoms that a person is exhibiting. Many are able to suppress symptoms more efficiently as they age, but it can be a struggle throughout life. 

Understanding ADHD Symptoms

There are a significant number of ADHD signs and they should be discussed with a doctor. Many times, they are classified in three categories: hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsive behavior. 

Inattention includes lack of attention in school or work, difficulties with organization, and being easily distracted. Hyperactivity includes talking excessively, fidgeting, and leaving one’s seat in a classroom or other situations when sitting is expected. Impulsive behavior often manifests as being generally disruptive in social settings. 

Some people show more ADHD signs than others. Most of the time, boys are diagnosed before girls because girls are more likely to daydream instead of fidget so it’s easier to identify the signs. Consulting with a medical expert can be highly beneficial if symptoms persist for more than six months or are causing problems, either in relationships or at school.

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