Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often thought of as a mental health illness that causes hyperactivity or fidgeting. While ADHD can lead to hyperactivity, that’s far from the only symptom of ADHD. One type of ADHD — predominantly inattentive ADHD — doesn’t even present with hyperactivity. It’s possible to have ADHD with inattention as your main symptom. But how do you know if inattention is holding you back?
As a double board-certified doctor, Dr. Hadi Estakhri is an expert when it comes to diagnosing and treating ADHD, regardless of whether you’re struggling with inattention or hyperactivity (or both). If you’re having a hard time focusing, we recommend you visit us for an evaluation.
In the meantime, continue reading this article to learn more about inattention.
According to the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there are nine signs of inattentiveness associated with ADHD.
If you note any of the following, it may be worth scheduling an ADHD evaluation:
According to the experts at Cleveland Health, adults with predominantly inattentive ADHD must demonstrate at least five of those nine signs. Note: It’s possible that inattention isn’t caused by ADHD. Other non-ADHD causes of inattention can include fatigue, side effects of other medications, and other underlying medical conditions such as hypothyroidism.
Yes! It’s possible that you experience symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity. If you do, you might have a different type of ADHD, the combined type.
This type of ADHD may cause you to experience the above symptoms of inattention as well as impulsivity, hyperactivity, and distractibility. This is the most common type of ADHD, according to the experts at Johns Hopkins.
Inattention can make it hard to thrive at home, at work, or in your personal relationships. The good news is ADHD is treatable, and with the right treatment, you can reclaim control over your life. ADHD treatment includes medication, lifestyle changes, and therapy.
To learn more about ADHD or to schedule an evaluation, call our Newport Beach, California office at 949-269-6263 or visit our website.