There are different types of ADHD and it’s important to know the differences. If you or your child need medication to help with the symptoms of ADHD, it’s important to note that not all medications will effectively treat the different types of ADHD.
How Many Types of ADHD Are There?
There are two types of ADHD and three subtypes. The two types of ADHD are Hyperactivity-Impulsivity and Inattentive. Each of these types has its own signs, symptoms, and treatment options, which means ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis.
Symptoms of Hyperactivity-Impulsivity ADHD
Some people would say that the signs and symptoms of this type of ADHD are classic, meaning it’s what they would expect of someone with ADHD.
• Talking excessively
• Running or climbing at inappropriate times
• Getting up often when seated
Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD
These symptoms are subtle and can go untreated if not diagnosed properly. While it may seem as though we all experience these symptoms, it’s important to remember that those with Inattentive ADHD experience these symptoms regularly.
• Not listening
• Being distracted or forgetful
• Making careless mistakes
• Losing things that are needed to complete tasks
• Avoiding tasks that involve effort
• Failing to pay attention and stay on task
• Not paying attention to detail
• Being unable to follow directions or understand instructions
As a result of these symptoms, the American Psychiatric Association has created three subtypes of ADHD. These subtypes are combinations of Hyperactivity-Impulsivity and Inattentive ADHD, which are:
• Combined Type: A combination of hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattentive symptoms.
• Predominantly Inattentive: Not enough symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity but most, if not all, inattentive symptoms.
• Predominately Hyperactive-Impulsive: Not enough symptoms of inattentive but most, if not all, hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.
Knowing that ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all illness can help you and your therapist create the most effective treatment plan for you or your child. Furthermore, understanding these differences will allow you or your child to function more effectively throughout the day.
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff is trained in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology in New York, and can help you move beyond the frequent frustrations or limitations that may be caused by ADHD. If you are looking for more information on ADHD, please feel free to contact us via email. To schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 917-609-4990..