The Three Types of ADHD and How to Manage Them

Give both of you a break with treatment for ADHD.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), usually shows up in childhood but can persist into adulthood. The condition involves inattention and concentration problems and sometimes hyperactivity, which usually presents by time the child reaches age 7. You may not notice the inattention and concentration issues, however, until your child is in elementary school and challenged by a more structured school environment.

Although ADHD is a catch-all phrase, it’s not just one disorder. It has three types, all of which can affect a child’s development and self-esteem. 

At Penguin Pediatrics, PLLC, Dr. Umesh Kodu and our compassionate team offer an evaluation if you suspect your child has ADHD and needs treatment. We provide a variety of health services to help children and parents in Ashburn and Stone Ridge, Virginia, achieve their healthiest selves.

We’ve pulled together a primer on ADHD to help you better understand the types.

Types of ADHD

ADHD doesn’t always show up in the same way. Your child may have one of the three types:

ADHD: Impulsive/hyperactive type

Impulsive/hyperactive ADHD is the least common form of ADHD. The inattention and distractibility of ADHD is missing, but the impulsivity and hyperactivity are pronounced.

ADHD: Inattention and distractible type

Your child may have trouble with attention and concentration, but doesn’t exhibit signs of hyperactivity or excitability.

ADHD: Combined type

The combined type of ADHD is the most common form of ADHD. Your child may be impulsive and hyperactive. They will also exhibit behaviors of inattention and distractibility.

Symptoms of ADHD disorders

While the nuances of each type of ADHD are different, you may find they show up with similar symptoms. Your child doesn’t have to exhibit all of these symptoms to be diagnosed. The presence of just a few symptoms is enough to warrant evaluation and possible treatment.

Make an appointment at Penguin Pediatrics PLLC if you notice symptoms of inattention such as:

Symptoms of impulsivity include:

Symptoms of hyperactivity include:

Millions of children are diagnosed with ADHD each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6.1 million (or 9.4%) of children aged 2-17 have ADHD. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed compared to girls.

If you’re concerned about your child’s inattention and hyperactivity, contact the expert team at Penguin Pediatrics, PLLC for an evaluation. We offer diagnostic testing and questionnaires to evaluate your child’s behavior. 

If we believe your child does have ADHD, we may recommend you see a specialist for behavioral and other therapies. In some cases, medications may also be offered – depending on the severity of your child’s case. Call today or book online for an appointment.

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