An increasing body of researched information is being released about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Many symptoms associated with ADHD are seen in non-ADHD children from time to time. In ADHD children, however, the symptoms occur frequently, are seen in more than one environment (e.g., at home, at school, when visiting friends), and interfere with their ability to function normally. Following are three types of ADHD, with symptoms that must be age-appropriate:
1. Combined ADHD - involves both inattentiveness and hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms and is the most common type
2. Inattentive ADHD (formerly known as ADD) - marked by symptoms of impaired attention and concentration
3. Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD - characterized by hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms without inattentiveness
In children, ADHD may be diagnosed when typical symptom have been exhibited consistently for a minimum of six months in at least two different settings (e.g., at home and at school). Watch my next two blogs for some recently released findings.