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What are the most common subtypes of ADHD in children?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
According to the National Resource Center on ADHD, the most common subtype of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the inattentive type. About 7% of all children in the United States have ADHD.

In a study published in 2007 in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers studying over 3,000 U.S. children found this same result. In a group of 3,082 children, 222 children were diagnosed with ADHD. Of these, the most common subtype of ADHD was the predominantly inattentive type. Ninety-five children had this subtype, representing almost half of the children with ADHD. The next most common diagnosis was combined type, which was given to 72 children, or a third of the children with ADHD. Children with combined type have problems with both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. The least common subtype in this sample was the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type. Fifty-five children had this subtype of ADHD, or about a quarter of the children with ADHD.

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