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ADD/ADHD: Warning Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment

We often think of overactive, fidgety kids when we think of attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Symptoms of this disorder tend to present in childhood and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that around 6.5 million children in the U.S. have ADHD . In addition, around 5% of adults in the U.S. have ADHD–and it is harder to get diagnosed as an adult, especially for women. My Psychiatrist will help diagnose ADD / ADHD and provide the proper treatment at both of our Florida locations.


Types of ADHD

There are three distinct types of ADHD that may present themselves through different symptoms: inattentive, hyper-impulsive, and a combination of the two. Inattention can describe patients who are easily distracted during everyday activities; hyper-impulsivity can describe those who may struggle to pause or slow down during conversation, have difficulty remaining still, or often make impulsive choices regardless of consequences. It is not uncommon for those suffering from ADHD to be dealing with a combination of symptoms related to both inattention and hyper-impulsivity.

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Inattentive

A person with inattentive ADHD has predominantly inattentive behaviors in two or more settings (for example, at home, school, or work) for a period of six months or longer. These behaviors, like being distracted during everyday activities, occur to an extent that interferes with or affects daily life. This is what was formerly known as ADD because, in a diagnosis of inattentive ADHD, a person does not experience hyperactive and impulsive behaviors as strongly or frequently.

Hyperactive-Impulsive

A person with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD will experience predominantly hyperactive and impulsive behaviors in two or more settings (for example, at home, school, or work) for a period of six months or longer. These behaviors, like struggling to pause or slow down during conversation, having difficulty remaining still, or making impulsive choices regardless of consequences, occur to an extent that interferes with or affects daily life.

Combined

A person with combined presentation ADHD will display both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive behaviors in two or more settings (for example, at home, school, or work) for a period of six months or longer, and to an extent that interferes with or affects daily life.

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