It is estimated that over 10 million adults in the U.S. have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Almost half of those never seek out treatment by a healthcare professional. Difficulty with completing tasks and sustaining attention, feelings of restlessness, becoming easily distracted, excessive fidgeting, and forgetfulness can all be possible symptoms of ADHD.
There are three subtypes of ADHD, and each subtype presents differently.
INATTENTIVE TYPE (ADHD-PI)
The inattentive type of ADHD, also known as ADHD-PI (Predominantly Inattentive Type), is characterized by symptoms of inattention. Individuals with ADHD-PI may have trouble paying attention to details, following instructions, and completing tasks. They may also have difficulty organizing their thoughts and belongings. Other symptoms include forgetfulness, distractibility, and procrastination.
HYPERACTIVE-IMPULSIVE TYPE (ADHD-HI)
The hyperactive-impulsive type of ADHD, also known as ADHD-HI (Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type), is characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. Individuals with ADHD-HI may have trouble sitting still, staying quiet, and waiting their turn. They may also act without thinking, interrupt others, and engage in risky behaviors. Other symptoms include restlessness, fidgeting, and talking excessively.
COMBINED TYPE (ADHD-C)
The combined type of ADHD, also known as ADHD-C (Combined Type), is characterized by symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity. Individuals with ADHD-C display symptoms of both ADHD-PI and ADHD-HI. They may have trouble paying attention, sitting still, and controlling their impulses. Other symptoms include forgetfulness, distractibility, restlessness, and talking excessively.
It is important to note that ADHD is a spectrum disorder, and each individual may present differently. Some individuals may have mild symptoms, while others may have severe symptoms that significantly impact their daily lives. Additionally, ADHD may co-occur with other disorders such as anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities.
How Hopemark Treats ADHD
There is no definitive test for ADHD, however at Hopemark, our diagnosis is typically made through a comprehensive evaluation by one of our providers. We utilize cognitive testing in combination with appropriate medication to maximize treatment. With proper treatment and support, individuals with ADHD can learn to manage their symptoms and thrive in their daily lives.