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what is ADHD, and what are its different subtypes? by areen

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most common mental disorders. according to the CDC, ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood and lasts into adulthood. however, adults can also be diagnosed with ADHD. you may already know that people with ADHD are usually full of energy, and have a hard time focusing - that is the stereotype associated with them, but it's important to note that not all individuals with ADHD display hyperactivity. this article will explore that a little bit more when talking about ADHD sybtypes. ADHD can impact various areas of life, including academics, work, relationships, and overall functioning. however, with appropriate treatment and support, individuals with ADHD can manage their symptoms and live their lives, just like non-neurodivergent folks :)

as mentioned before, there are different subtypes of ADHD, more specifically, three! the first one is the “Predominantly Inattentive Presentation” subtype; this one’s main symptoms are difficulty paying attention, being easily distracted, and having a hard time following instructions or conversations. for example, people with this subtype may appear to be daydreaming, have trouble staying organized, be easily distracted, and have difficulty following instructions. they could also struggle academically or at work because of this. the “Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation” subtype is the second one, and its main symptoms are a tendency to fidget and talk a lot, impulsiveness, and difficulty staying still for a long time. people with this subtype may be restless, constantly on the go, have difficulty sitting still, and often engage in fidgeting or squirming. they may talk over other people, have problems waiting for their turn, and act impulsively without thinking about the consequences. the last subtype is the “Combined” subtype - can you guess what it may be? this subtype is the most common form of ADHD and involves a combination of both the Inattentive and Hyperactive-Impulsive traits. people with the Combined subtype may have troubles with attention and concentration, alongside hyperactive and impulsive behaviors.

thank you so much for reading this article about ADHD! we hope you learned a bit more than what you already knew, and shared this information with others to raise awarenes!

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