Some children switch subtypes-hyperactive, inattentive, or a combination of the two-as they grow older.
by ADDitude Editors
Children with AD/HD are often identified as having one of three specific subtypes of the disorder: hyperactive, inattentive, or a combination of the two. But a study published in the August 2005 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that some children switch subtypes as they grow older.
The researchers followed 118 children with AD/HD over an eight-year period, reassessing their symptoms each year to make a fresh diagnosis. They found frequent shifts between subtypes. Children originally identified as hyperactive, for example, often moved to the combined type.
The study's implication? AD/HD subtypes may be valuable for research purposes, but not for diagnosing and treating individual kids.