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Combination ADHD / ADHD Combined Type

Combination ADHD or ADHD combined type is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized as having both hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattentive ADHD.

The symptoms can vary from mild to severe and often include difficulty in or an erratic performance at school/work, problems with daily responsibilities, relationship difficulties, and chronic emotions of disappointment, or blame.

ADHD Combined Type Symptoms

Combination type of ADHD is where both inattentive ADHD and hyperactive impulsive ADHD are present. Being easily distracted, inability to complete work or a task, forgetting easily, being unorganized are some common symptoms of ADHD.

ADHD Combined Type Diagnosis

ADHD diagnosis requires a comprehensive evaluation by a health care professional. The assessment usually involves intellectual screening, memory testing, and attention and distraction tests.

Inattentive ADHD Symptoms
  • Unable to pay close attention to detail.
  • Performs simple mistakes in homework, at work, or during other activities.
  • Incomplete work/homework and projects.
  • Not present in conversations.
  • Not present in their thoughts.
  • Unable to follow simple instructions.
  • Problems with organization of things, functions and activities.
  • Not engaging in tasks/jobs that require a mental effort.
  • Lose things and forget things easily.

Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD Symptoms
  • Fidgeting.
  • Unable to stay still.
  • They are unable to seat or to keep seated, and they typically start to move around.
  • Anxiety.
  • Restlessness.
  • Unable to keep quiet while doing other tasks and activities.
  • They always seem "on the go." This is one of the main characteristics because these patients usually look like they need to do something immediately.
  • More talkative than average.
  • They talk and act often without a reason or an explanation
  • Problems waiting in line or for a turn.
  • Distracting, interfering and interrupting others while they work.

Causes and Risk Factors of ADHD Combined Type

Even though the causes of inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive adhd remain unclear. Some studies have suggested a close relationship to these factors.

  • Genetics.
  • Premature birth.
  • Low birth weight.
  • Stress.
  • Drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy.

The therapies usually recommended by the health professionals are
  • Behavioral Therapy: The aim of behavioral therapy is to identify and modify bad behaviors.
  • Psychotherapy: The aim of psychotherapy is for the psychologist or psychiatrist to talk about the condition, and impact.
  • Cognitive Therapy: The aim of cognitive therapy is to help the person be more aware and accepting the feelings. Which helps promote better focus and concentration.
  • Parents Therapy: The aim of parents therapy is to help parents be prepared to provide support and care to kids with ADHD.

Treatment of Combination ADHD / ADHD Combined Type

The treatment of ADHD with pharmaceuticals is the most common. The most common types of medications are:

  • Stimulants: The aim of stimulants is to elevate blood levels of neurochemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine in specific areas of the brain
  • Antidepressants: The aim of antidepressants is to treat common mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Antidepressants are often combined with stimulants for anxiety, depression, and/or any other type of mood disorder.
  • Non-stimulants: The aim of non-stimulants is to improve the attention, focus and hyperactivity of a person with ADHD.

Medications don't cure ADHD, but instead they help with coping.

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