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What are the different types of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Mental health professionals in the United States use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to diagnose all psychiatric conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The latest version divides it into three types:

Your child's diagnosis will depend on his or her specific symptoms.

  • ADHD predominantly inattentive presentation (ADD)
  • ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation
  • ADHD combined presentation

From: ADD vs. ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: "About ADHD."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

American Psychiatric Association: "About DSM-5."

CDC: "ADHD: Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Understood: "What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?"

CDC: "CDC's ADHD Checklist for Children."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: "About ADHD."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

American Psychiatric Association: "About DSM-5."

CDC: "ADHD: Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Understood: "What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?"

CDC: "CDC's ADHD Checklist for Children."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 26, 2018

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