ADHD Predominately Inattentive Type

by Eileen Bailey Health Writer

ADHD Predominately Inattentive Type

According to the diagnostic criteria, an individual with at least six of the following symptoms of inattention:

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities

  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities

  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)

  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)

  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

  • Is often forgetful in daily activities

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV), copyright 1994, American Psychiatric Association

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