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Inattentive ADHD

Inattentive ADHD: Introduction

Inattentive ADHD: ADHD predominantly inattentive (ADHD-I) is one of the three subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD-I is different from the other subtypes of ADHD in that it is characterized primarily by inattention, easy distractibility, disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, and lethargy (fatigue), but with less or none of the symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsiveness typical of the other ADHD subtypes. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Inattentive ADHD is available below.

Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD

  • Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
  • Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
  • Often has trouble organizing activities.
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Treatments for Inattentive ADHD

  • Behavioral therapy and medications
  • Current data suggests that carefully titrated stimulant medication (Methylphenidate, Dextroamphetamine) provides the best first-line therapy for ADHD. Behavioural therapy is useful in conjunction with medication to address issues such as social skills and academic performance. Treatments include:
    • General lifestyle changes
    • Stress reduction techniques
    • Dietary changes - aimed at reducing food additives, colourings and sugars. Some anecdotal evidence supports this, but to date, no trials have produced supporting evidence
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Inattentive ADHD: Complications

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  • The long term effects of stimulants prescribed for ADHD such as drug addiction, withdrawal reactions, psychosis and depression and effects in pregnancy has received very little research and thus the long term effects are largely unknown
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Causes of Inattentive ADHD

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Inattentive ADHD: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Inattentive ADHD

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. Although the more »

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm to more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients with bipolar seek more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis. See misdiagnosis of eating disorders or more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be overlooked. See misdiagnosis of depression or symptoms more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure more »

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). See symptoms more »

Inattentive ADHD: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Inattentive ADHD

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Inattentive ADHD: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Inattentive ADHD

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Prognosis for Inattentive ADHD

Prognosis for Inattentive ADHD: The proportion of children meeting the diagnostic criteria for ADHD dropped by about 50% over three years after the diagnosis. This occurred regardless of the treatments used. It persists into adulthood in about 30-50% of cases. Those affected are likely to develop coping mechanisms as they mature thus compensating for their previous ADHD. Children diagnosed with ADHD have significant difficulties in adolescence, regardless of treatment.

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More information about Inattentive ADHD

  1. Inattentive ADHD: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications
  9. Prognosis

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