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Can shy children have adhd? Or do you have to be overactive or overtalkative?

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Dr. Divyansu Patel
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes shy kids can have adhd.
They may not be as talkative but they will get easily distracted, have poor organization, poor attention, doesn't listen, lose things, and avoid activities that require increase attention.

In brief: Yes

Yes shy kids can have adhd.
They may not be as talkative but they will get easily distracted, have poor organization, poor attention, doesn't listen, lose things, and avoid activities that require increase attention.
Dr. Divyansu Patel
Dr. Divyansu Patel
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

75% of children with ADHD are inattentinve, not hyperactive.
So it is certainly possible for a shy child to have the inattentinve form of ADHD.

In brief: Yes

75% of children with ADHD are inattentinve, not hyperactive.
So it is certainly possible for a shy child to have the inattentinve form of ADHD.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. QH TRAN
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes. No.

Shyness and adhd are two separate conditions and can coexist.
One can have adhd, predominantly inattentive type, which does not have hyperactivity and impulsivity as features.

In brief: Yes. No.

Shyness and adhd are two separate conditions and can coexist.
One can have adhd, predominantly inattentive type, which does not have hyperactivity and impulsivity as features.
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Dr. QH TRAN
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Dr. Carol Jacobs
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe

Excessive shyness is usually classified under Anxiety Disorders in children.
ADD is associated with poor attention, daydreaming, forgetfulness but not hyperactivity. There is always a potential for overlap. Seek out an MD who has experience working with behavioral issues if the behavior is causing a lot of negativity in your child's life. http://www.apa.org/topics/shyness/

In brief: Maybe

Excessive shyness is usually classified under Anxiety Disorders in children.
ADD is associated with poor attention, daydreaming, forgetfulness but not hyperactivity. There is always a potential for overlap. Seek out an MD who has experience working with behavioral issues if the behavior is causing a lot of negativity in your child's life. http://www.apa.org/topics/shyness/
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Dr. Carol Jacobs
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