By Shawn Smith M.Ed., CCC
Did you know there is more than 1 type of ADHD?
- Inattentive Type (inward)
- Hyperactivity-Impulsive Type (outward)
- Combination Type (combined)
When most people think of ADHD, our minds automatically gravitate to that one kid in class who just couldn’t seem to sit still. In my opinion, this is likely due to the Hyperactive – Impulsive and Combination Types of ADHD being portrayed more so in the media than the other types.
The first, and least discussed type of ADHD is the Inattentive Type. And, there are a couple of reasons why you’ve likely not heard of this type of ADHD before. One reason is that ADHD Inattentive Type was previously referred to as Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD.
Why the change from ADD to ADHD?
My understanding of the change is the differentiation in language. ADD implies an inability to pay attention or to focus. Whereas, ADHD Inattentive Type in my opinion implies that we are able to focus however the challenge is choosing what to focus on.
Another reason why you’ve likely not heard of ADHD Inattentive Type is because the squeaky wheel gets the grease. People with Hyperactive-Impulsive Type demand attention through their actions, and for every action there is a reaction.
People with ADHD Inattentive Type were pegged as the daydreamers. Because we don’t typically have behavioural issues in school we are able to fly under the radar, for better or for worse.
Why is it so hard for people to accept ADHD Inattentive Type?
In today’s society when someone says that they have something our go to response is “show me”, and how do you show someone something that is invisible?
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