When considering the types of ADHD and symptoms of your teen, it is important to keep in mind that, according to the DSM-V, the individual’s symptoms must be “present in multiple settings and result in performance issues in social, educational, or work settings.” If your son or daughter displays several symptoms on both these lists, he or she may have combined type ADHD and is the most common type of ADHD.
Symptoms of Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD:
Fidgets, squirms, taps feet or hands
Running or climbing in inappropriate situations
Difficulties performing quiet tasks
Difficulty waiting in lines
Blurting out answers before hearing the entire question
Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD:
Not paying close attention to schoolwork
Makes careless mistakes
Difficulties sustaining attention for tasks
Does not seem to listen when spoken to
Trouble with organization
Skipping from one uncompleted task to another
Frequently loses or forgets things
Inattentive ADHD refers to the more subtle type of ADHD. Teens with inattentive ADHD are not overly active but instead have problems focusing and staying on task. Because of the subtlety of these symptoms, teens with inattentive ADHD tend to have symptoms that are often overlooked. Many people refer to inattentive ADHD as “ADD” although “ADD” it is not used in the DSM-V.
If your teen displays any of the above symptoms, it is important for you to reach out to their teachers and counselors to see if they have noticed similar behaviors. In doing so, you will be able to better evaluate how serious your teens symptoms are.