College students living with this type of ADHD don’t exhibit the fidgety, hyperactive symptoms most people associate with the disorder; instead, they are often perceived as dreamy, unfocused individuals who have a short attention spans and can’t see details easily.
Students diagnosed with primarily inattentive ADHD, present at least six of these symptoms:
- Inability to pay close attention or a tendency for making careless mistakes
- Difficulty maintaining attention
- Appears not to listen
- Struggles to follow detailed directions
- Trouble staying organized
- Frequently loses things
- Easily distracted
- Frequently forgetful, even in everyday activities
Students with primarily inattentive ADHD usually have a hard time focusing during class – especially in larger classes where external distractions are more likely – and prioritizing responsibilities. They are also likely to be disorganized and may frequently misplace textbooks, forget about appointments with classmates or professors, or miss exams. They typically spend far more time studying than other students, but their grades may not always reflect their greater efforts.