ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It's a condition that is common in young and old alike, and can occur in both males and females. It tends to start during the early grade school years and very often persists into adulthood.
There are three different types of ADHD, so not everyone who has this condition acts the same way. Amanda Schuh, behavioral health nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System, shares more information about the nuances of each form:
Predominantly inattentive type. This type is most common in girls, but can occur in boys as well. Some of the most common symptoms are:
Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type.
- Losing track of time
- Easily distracted
- Difficulty finishing tasks
- Seems not to listen
This is the least common type of ADHD, and when it does occur, it tends to happen in very young children. Signs of this type of ADHD include:
- Lots of energy
- Restless, fidgets, can’t sit still
- Blurts out statements, interrupts often
- Aggressive behavior toward others