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The Three Types of ADHD - Oh yes! There are 3 Types :O

We've all seen the stereotypical documentaries (yawn). You know the ones, depicting unruly feckless children/young people coming from impoverished homes . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

You will not get any of that here. If you have come here for that you are in the wrong place. This is a website about ADHD. ADHD affects children/adults from every walk of life, rich, poor, every faith, every colour, both sexes and every social bracket too. Equally, it affects the well educated and not so well educated. You can be ADHD with a low or high or even average IQ.

If you mix ADHD with dire poverty, lack of opportunity and poor education, naturally the results don't look pretty. Plenty of documentaries/newspaper articles and morning chat shows capitalising on that, but that is not what we are here for. We are here to give the facts.

A lovely explanation of three types can be found here:

Attention deficit disorder was once diagnosed as ADD or ADHD, depending on the patient’s symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsivity. Today, the condition is simply called ADHD — with one of three sub-types.

Doctors diagnose attention deficit disorder (ADHD) using detailed criteria spelled out in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). In its entry on ADHD, the DSM-V stipulates that all cases of attention deficit are diagnosed as ADHD, with one of three quantifying types: Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive, or Combined.

  • Primarily Inattentive type: People with inattentive ADHD make careless mistakes because they have difficulty sustaining attention, following detailed instructions, and organizing tasks and activities. They are forgetful, easily distracted by external stimuli, and often lose things. This is more common in adults and girls.

  • Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive type: People with hyperactive ADHD often fidget, squirm, and struggle to stay seated. They appear to act as if “driven by a motor” and often talk and/or run around excessively. They interrupt others, blurt out answers, and struggle with self-control. This is more common in children and men.

  • Combined type: People with combined-type ADHD demonstrate six or more symptoms of inattention, and six or more symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity.

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