Types of ADHD

Most people don’t realize how many different types of ADHD there are.   However, there are approximately 9 different forms of ADHD. Below you will find a brief overview of each with their associated side effects.

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Form: This form of ADHD is typically characterized by hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. People with this form of ADHD typically display an excessive amount of interrupting and excessive talking. They may also answer a question before it has been finished and generally have trouble waiting, causing them to be in constant motion whether they’re running, fidgeting, climbing, etc.
 
Predominantly Inattentive Form: This form of ADHD can be hard to diagnose because people with this type don’t usually display the normal signs of impulsive and hyperactive characteristics associated with it. Instead, the most common symptoms of this form of ADHD include the inability to focus, making careless errors on homework, appearing to be inattentive and distracted when being directly spoken to and/or while in the middle of a task.
 
Combination Form: The combination form of ADHD is considered to be a form of the disorder that displays characteristics from both of the two forms listed above.
 
Classic ADD : This is based on Daniel Amen’s described forms of ADHD, some of which do not include the “H.” Classic ADD as described by Amen displays symptoms such as impulsiveness, disorganization, hyperactivity and distraction.
 
Inattentive ADD: This form of ADD revolves around a person’s inability to concentrate and/or stay attentive. People suffering from Inattentive ADD also tend to be disorganized.
 
Limbic System ADD: Limbic System is a form of ADD that generally produces constant low-grade depression in those suffering from it. For instance, they don’t have much energy, experience feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and other symptoms of depression. However, they also display signs of inattentiveness too.
 
Over-Focused ADD: Over-focused ADD is a form where those with it aren’t able to move from one task to another easily. They can easily become obsessed with a particular task and may exhibit signs of stubbornness, inflexibility, anxiety and negativity as well.
 
Temporal Lobe ADD: This is the temperamental and moody form of ADD. It can often cause those suffering from it to be outright disobedient and defiant. These people are also usually very impulsive and struggle greatly with learning and handwriting. Temporal Lobe ADD is considered one of the most difficult forms of ADD/ADHD out there.
 
Ring of Fire ADD: This form of ADD is just like it sounds. Symptoms include being easily distracted, oversensitive to changing circumstances and angry behaviors. Some people describe this form as a combination of bipolar disorder and ADHD.

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