ADHD Inattentive: Silent ADHD Subtype – What You Should Know


ADHD inattentive is one of the three sub-types of ADHD. Its manifestations are forgetfulness, procrastination, inattention, low concentration, lethargy and sluggishness. Children who are afflicted with this mental disorder are generally misunderstood by teachers and parents as irresponsible, immature, careless and lazy. This ADHD subtype is more common among girls than boys and usually goes undiagnosed because those who have it are not disruptive in school or at home. As a result, children who have the disorder and remain undiagnosed have higher chances of dropping out of school or failing in their academic endeavors.

Later in life those who have ADHD inattentive will most likely have problems in maintaining personally satisfactory relationships and keeping a good job. Growing-up burdened with negative labeling is likely to have a negative impact on children’s self-esteem and could well result in the development of other mental- health disorders such as (but not limited to) promiscuity, anxiety and depression. The good news is people who have this ADHD subtype have lower risks of becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol and having issues with the law compared to the other two ADHD subtypes where high risk and thrill seeking behaviors are very dominant.

ADHD inattentive is genetic and 70 percent of those who have the disease also have blood relatives who have the same condition. This condition is due to the chemical imbalance in the neural networks; hence, it affects the general cognitive abilities and the brain’s executive functions. This condition is diagnosed through a standard questionnaire containing symptoms questions for parents and teachers to answer.

The first line of intervention is the use of ADHD prescription drugs. However, the drug will only address the symptoms, but can never actually cure the disease. The effects of the drugs are temporary, and there is also a growing concern about the side-effects brought about by the long-term use of drugs. The disability usually coexists with other conditions such as depression, oppositional and defiant behavior, anxiety and depression and conduct disorder. Those who have coexisting mental issues are highly at risk of psychotic and suicidal episodes if they take ADHD drugs and as a result require constant monitoring. Some parents resort to alternative interventions such as meditation; homeopathic medicine and ADHD diet because they are known to alleviate the symptoms of the disease without any side effects.

Behavioral modification techniques can also help manage ADHD inattentive. Giving the child a daily schedule to follow, being consistent about rules, helping a child staying organized and rewarding good behavior and giving short, simple and easy to under instructions will help a lot. It is also very important that parents should establish good rapport with the teacher to be able to closely monitor the ADHD inattentive child’s progress in school and make follow-ups at home


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