Saturday, February 3, 2007
Do you have to be hyper to have ADHD?
One of the most common reasons that many parents, teachers, or clinicians don't recognize ADHD is the lack of hyperactivity. Unfortunately, the name of the diagnosis "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" contributes to the confusion. It is also certainly true that being hyper doesn't make one have ADHD either. Hyperactivity is just one of the symptoms that can be present in the hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD. Most doctors these days use the term ADHD to refer to the three different kinds of ADHD. ADHD is currently classified into 1)predominantly hyperactive/impulsive 2)predominantly inattentive/distracted 3)combined type. It is crucial to remember that it is not necessary to have every symptom to have ADHD.