Inattentiveness and Hyperactivity

July 1, 2014

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. There are three types of ADHD:

  • Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD makes children appear to be in constant motion. Their bodies — and mouths — are always going, as if driven by a motor.
  • Inattentive ADHD makes it hard for children to focus and pay attention.
  • Combined ADHD is identified by the presence of both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive symptoms.

Inattentiveness and hyperactivity usually begins in childhood but may continue into the adult years. It is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children. Inattentiveness and hyperactivity is diagnosed much more often in boys than in girls.

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