Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be one of the most misunderstood conditions of childhood. Most people think that they understand ADHD, but their conceptualization of ADHD is based on media reports and not necessarily the science.
ADHD might be better understood if the name itself didn't so poorly reflect the disorder. Attention-deficit is misleading. People with ADHD have times when they can focus, times when they hyper focus, and times when they struggle to focus. Attention regulation disorder may be a more accurate name.
In 2015, the American Psychological Association did away with the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD). Now all ADHD types fall under the umbrella of ADHD. They include: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Primarily Inattentive; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive; and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Combined presentation.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Primarily Inattentive is the new name for ADD.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Primarily Inattentive Disorder is often challenging to get diagnosed. Many people have a picture of ADHD as boys who are disruptive and "curtain climbers." ADHD-Inattentive type (ADHD-IN) is diagnosed when children do not have hyperactive or impulsive symptoms, and instead move in and out of attention. Teacher are often unaware of the attention struggles of these children and because they are not cause behavioral problems, these children are often not referred for evaluation.
ADHD-Combined presentation is diagnosed when people have more than typical symptoms of hyperactivity, restlessness, and impulsiveness along with their struggles with inattention.
Assessment choices vary for ADHD. Occasionally pediatricians who specialize in ADHD will diagnose this disorder. More often, pediatricians refer to specialists in this field
We offer comprehensive assessment for all types of ADHD. One of our specialty is looking at Inattentive type, as it shares genetic comorbidity with dyslexia.
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