ADHD is a common condition that impacts the quality of life of many people. While the condition is the most common conditions of childhood, many teens and adults also have ADHD. It can negatively affect the way people learn and work and can also impact practically every part of life.
There are 3 types of ADHD. One type is the inattentive type, another is the hyperactive-impulsive type and the third type is a combination of both.
There many medications available that can dramatically improve functioning in people who have ADHD.
If more interested, Dr. Sharon is available for a full ADHD consultation and treatment.
Symptoms of ADHD can include the following
Inattentive ADHD Symptom 1: Careless Mistakes
A child with inattentive ADHD may rush through a quiz, missing questions he knows the answers to or skipping whole sections in his haste. An adult may fail to carefully proofread a document or email at work which leads to more problems.
Difficulty Sustaining Attention
A child with inattentive ADHD may have trouble staying focused during organized activities, like sports and games, or tasks, like picking up his room. An adult may struggle to maintain attention during lengthy readings or extended conversations.
Failure to Listen
Children and adults with inattentive ADHD may seem absent-minded when spoken to directly, even though there may not be an obvious distraction. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., starts tasks but quickly loses focus and is easily sidetracked).
Difficulty with Instructions
Many children, teens, and adults with inattentive ADHD struggle to follow through on instructions, failing to finish schoolwork, chores, or other duties in the workplace.
Organization can be a challenge for those with inattentive ADHD at any age — a child might struggle with keeping her locker organized; a teen may find it difficult to keep college applications straight; and ADHD adults might feel overwhelmed by work emails at the office. A lack of organization often goes hand in hand with messy work, poor time management, and a failure to meet deadlines.
Avoidance of Difficult Tasks
Adolescents and adults with inattentive ADHD often have a hard time completing projects that require sustained mental effort, like lengthy homework assignments, reviewing documents, and filling out forms.
Often Loses Things
Frequently misplacing important items, like keys, eyeglasses, cell phones, and school materials, can be a sign of inattentive ADHD in kids, adolescents, and adults.
Children with inattentive ADHD may become distracted in the classroom by extraneous stimuli, while adults may simply drift off into unrelated thoughts and lose focus on the task at hand.
Whether it’s remembering to take the trash out, pay a bill, or return an email, inattentive ADHD often presents as forgetfulness, especially in teens and adults.
Other symptoms more specific to hyperactive – impulsive type
Fidgets hands or feet or squirms around when seated.
Leaves seat and moves around in the classroom.
Difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
Talks excessively and blurts out answers in class
Has difficulty waiting for their turn and interrupts others
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