Focusing on Inattentive ADHD
Because I want to write about ADHD- predominantly inattentive type, I’ve been thinking I ought to do a bit more reading on what others have said on the matter. I’m attracted to the subject because (1) I have ADHD, predominantly inattentive and (2) not that many people seem to talk about it. It seems like when I talk to clients about inattentive challenges, these massive blinking lights go off, because no one "got it" before. I hope I can blog about some of the stuff that I keep figuring out with clients over and over again, that we aren’t finding elsewhere. But in the meantime, while it feels like there isn’t much information out there, I realize I haven’t exactly done an exhaustive literature review, so I’m starting my search. I’d like to ask my readers to share (in the comments) anything you’ve read about inattentive stuff that particularly struck you. I also wanted to share this overview that I think is pretty terrific. I found it on CHADD’s National Resource Center on AD/HD, and it is an information sheet called AD/HD Predominantly Inattentive Type and you can find it here.
I think it fairly addresses a number of the issues around diagnosis and definition of Inattentive Type. I particularly like fact that they cite a list of questions developed to help assess adults for inattentive symptoms:
1. Do you often make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring and difficult project?
2. Do you often have difficulty keeping your attention when you are doing boring or repetitive work?
3. Do you often have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?
4. Do you often have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?
5. Do you often have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?
6. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, do you often avoid or delay getting started?
7. Do you often misplace or have difficulty finding things at home or at work?
8. Are you often distracted by activity or noise around you?
9. Do you often have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
Individuals who have significant chronic impairment from six or more
of these symptoms are likely to have AD/HD if they also meet certain
other criteria for diagnosis that are specified in the DSM-IV.
This list is useful if not exactly a complete reflection of the experience of inattentive symptoms. It also succeeds in highlighting the fact that general ADHD assessments may not be sufficient for capturing adult and/or inattentive ADHD.
I’m also pretty impressed with the Wikipedia entry on the subject. What have you read that has helped you, struck a chord, or even made you mad- on this subject?