Three Presentations of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a well-known condition, affecting individuals of all ages. Though the condition is recognized, ADHD has many symptoms and presentations. If you or a loved one is struggling with any of the following symptoms, consider seeking advice and guidance from a mental health professional. They can evaluate how you are feeling and whether your symptoms are caused by a true ADHD diagnosis or something entirely different.
Three ADHD Presentations
The formal diagnostic manual is called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or the DSM-5. According to the DSM-5, to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, children need to exhibit six or more symptoms in two or more settings. Older teens and adults should present with at least five of the symptoms. According to the DSM-5, ADHD can generally be classified with following three presentations: Predominantly Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined.
Predominantly Inattentive
Individuals with this classification usually have trouble with:
  • Attention to detail or avoiding careless mistakes
  • Sustaining attention
  • Following instruction
  • Organization
  • Tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Keeping track of their belongings
  • Difficulty remaining seated or still
  • Extreme restlessness
  • Excessive talking
  • Interrupting others
  • Trouble waiting, taking turns
  • Difficulty engaging in quiet activities
Individuals with this presentation meet the criteria for inattention and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD.

Please remember, only a trained mental health professional can offer a diagnosis and
treatment plan. The information listed here is meant as a guide to help you evaluate and
discuss the relevant symptoms with your clinician.

If you or your family member is struggling please seek support from a license mental health professional or reach out to Relief for guidance.