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Please note, this information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be diagnostic. I do not diagnose ADHD or Autism; this must be done by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other medical professional. I have created a page with information to assist anyone seeking assessment and diagnosis.
ADHD has three different sub-types: predominately inattentive, predominately hyperactive-impulsive, and combined type. Most people with ADHD have symptoms from both types, but the majority of their symptoms may fall under one category or the other. Some people have a fairly even mix of both types, in which case they are considered to have combined-type ADHD.
It's important to remember that these traits will be more or less prominent depending on the circumstances, context, and environment. The level of understanding, support, and accommodation will have a significant impact on how much these symptoms effect a person with ADHD. Not every person with ADHD will experience all symptoms under either subtype, and many people will occasionally display ADHD-like traits, but that doesn't necessarily mean they. have ADHD.
Also, we never "outgrow" ADHD, but the way our traits and symptoms manifest will change as we mature.
For example, external hyperactivity may become internalized, causing racing thoughts and mental hyperactivity instead of physical hyperactivity.
Learn more about how specific ADHD symptoms and traits can look in children, youth, and teens.
ADHD is not only about difficulty focusing or being hyperactive. A significant aspect of being neurodivergent is executive dysfunction, which causes difficulties with memory, regulation, organization, and inhibition.