Inattentive ADHD symptoms are often overlooked because of the public misperception that those with ADHD only exhibit hyperactivity.
This can result in children not getting properly diagnosed and treated.
Inattentive symptoms often become more apparent during activities that require focus or mental effort and tend to appear prior to age 7.
In fact, symptoms must appear prior to age 7 in order for a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to be given.
In some children, however, symptoms are noticeable much earlier.
List Of Inattentive Symptoms
Symptoms of Inattentive type ADHD include difficulty following instructions, difficulty focusing attention on work or play activities, frequently losing things, appearing not to listen, and not paying attention to details.
Others symptoms include trouble with tasks that require planning ahead, forgetting things, easily distracted, problems organizing tasks and activities, failing to finish schoolwork or chores, and avoiding tasks that require mental focus and mental effort.
Often, children with Inattentive type ADHD appear as "daydreamers" rather than the stereotype of the hyperactive child who is bouncing off the walls.
As a result, children with Inattentive type ADHD may not be as easily noticed by parents and teachers compared to children who display hyperactive symptoms of ADHD who garner more immediate attention. As a result of slipping under the radar, children with Inattentive type ADHD are more likely to go undiagnosed.
Likewise for adults, the effects of Inattentive type ADHD often go unrecognized but the potential risks to quality of life are large. Adults with ADHD often suffer challenges maintaining employment, job performance, friendships, and romantic relationships.
If you think you or a loved one is showing signs of ADHD, take this ADHD Self Test to be certain.
Best ADHD Treatments
In my experience medication is most effect for severe cases of ADHD, but pills do not teach skils. As a result, I strongly recommend ADHD coaching and behavioral programs such as the ADHD Breakthrough Program are highly effective resources for children (and stressed out
parents) and adults struggling with ADHD.