Types of ADHD



The term ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is now officially retired. Yep! It’s true. The term ADD finds no place in medical dictionary nowadays. Medicine or psychology, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is now the only term used.

The general public is still using the term “ADD. It’s inaccurate to do so now; it causes miscommunication and errors upon inappropriate use. The differences must be explained for people to be properly informed.

It’s not mandatory that three different people will show the exact same symptoms of the disorder. It’s vital to be able to distinguish between the three different types of ADHD and remove the stereotypical barriers to proper countermeasures.

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The 3 Different Types of ADHD

2 Main Types of ADHD
2 Main Types of ADHD. The 3rd one is Combined

ADHD is broadly categorised based on the symptoms that an individual display. The three different ADHD classifications along with their symptoms are as follows:

1. Inattentive ADHD

This is the most common form of ADHD and nearly 40 to 55% children fall under this category. Key symptoms are:

  • Daydreaming
  • Task-hopping
  • Easy distractions
  • Missing important details habitually
  • Careless mistakes (in studies and also in adulthood)
  • Limited attention spans
  • Disorganized
  • Messy and cluttered
  • Inattentive
  • Slowness in information processing
  • Trouble following instructions

2. Hyperactive ADHD: Also called Impulsive ADHD, it’s manifested the following ways:

  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Inattentiveness
  • Incessant talking
  • Trouble doing quiet tasks (e.g. reading comprehension)
  • Touching and getting into everything
  • Running from place to place
  • Banging into people or objects (typically motor-driven actions)
  • Physically overactive
  • Interrupting conversations
  • Inpatient
  • Blurting comments when it’s inappropriate to do so
  • Speaking out of turn
  • Trouble waiting for a turn or standing in a line

3. Combined ADHD

There is also this 3rd  type that encompasses both. So the symptoms mix and get it all the more complex. Combined ADHD is when lack of attention towards audio-visual stimuli along with spontaneous physical activities. The symptoms double, so do obstacles, especially those concerning learning and functioning within the society’s walls.

Besides, a symptom could show twenty-four hours a day as much as being non-consistent as existing for a couple of hours. Every person is different, so are the symptoms; especially when there’s also Autism or OCD co-existing. You can’t put people into boxes. Spending time with them helps in learning who they are, on a deeper level. Offering required help, in a specific way, thus becomes easier.

NOTE: ADHD is not the same as Autism. Read about the various types of Autism.


Any question you might come up with these three different types of ADHD, feel free to post in this ADHD Forum section. Or, comment below. Sharing helps!

If you know or have known someone diagnosed with ADHD – any three types – let us know. It’s not necessary that you put down the real name. Parents/families of children with ADHD are welcome to narrate their story.

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