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Are children with adhd always hyperactive? can a child have adhd and not show symptoms of hyperactivity?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
1) No. 2) Yes: Adhd-primarily inattentive type (ia) replaced add as a diagnosis when research showed that the underlying neurobiological & neurochemical bases were the same as for adhd-combined type, which has significant symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity.Adhd-ia is the most common type but c (or h/i in preschoolers) is more commonly referred. Ia is related to academic difficulties.
Dr. Manaf Ahmad
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: Some children, especially girls, may have adhd without significant impulsivity or hyperactivity

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