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Published on August 31, 2021

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Shy and Withdrawn Teens May Have ADHD Inattentive Type

The people most likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) are the ones who might have difficulties at home and at work. For school-aged children who face this condition, they may act out, drawing attention to themselves with unruly behavior.

A combination of counseling and medication can help.

What Is ADHD Inattentive Type?

One type of this disorder is called ADHD Inattentive Type. This condition often is overlooked by parents, teachers and coworkers. Therefore, health care professionals often do not diagnose it until the person is older.

Sometimes, individuals with ADHD Inattentive Type will be mischaracterized as shy or withdrawn. But like the more familiar ADHD, this condition can be diagnosed and treated effectively.

ADHD Inattentive Type Symptoms

Typical signs of this form of ADHD include leaving work unfinished and a general disinterest in the classroom. Students with this challenge know answers — they are often intelligent — but often will fail to recall it when their teachers call on them. The condition has the potential to affect grades and quality of work.

Social issues are another way that people with ADHD Inattentive Type show signs of the disorder. They may not:

  • Engage well in group settings
  • Seem to listen when someone asks them to do something, leading to difficulty following directions
  • Track conversations well or engage because they become easily distracted

Their actions may offend or make folks angry, and that can lead the person with ADHD Inattentive Type to withdraw because social connections feel like a struggle.

The root of this disorder is a difference in how their brain processes information. Organizational issues and struggles with completing tasks will show up. In many cases, homework or responsibilities that don’t interest them are pushed aside. Instead, they might dive deeply into hobbies or interests they see as rewarding and stimulating.

ADHD Attentive Type Treatment Is Available

While challenging to detect and understand, ADHD Inattentive Type is treatable. People who face it can overcome their issues and have more rewarding experiences in life.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact Avera’s behavioral health team today. Also, check with your insurance provider to learn about coverage.

Author Tony Sorensen, LP, PsyD, is a psychiatrist with Avera Medical Group Midwest Psychiatric Medicine Sioux Falls.

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