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Is it “ADD” or “ADHD”?

You will hear people say that they have “ADHD” or “ADD without the ‘H'”. “ADD” is thought of as having inattention and distraction without hyperactivity. The term “ADHD” is sometimes used to describe inattention and distraction with hyperactivity.

According to the DSM (a diagnostic manual), the term is “ADHD”, and there are three types. First, there is the “inattentive type” of ADHD. Then there is the “hyperactive/impulsive type” of ADHD. Finally, there is the “combined type” of ADHD, where one meets the criteria for both the inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive types.

The general population uses the term “ADD”, and that is perfectly okay.

By |2016-10-05T06:46:15+00:00August 10th, 2006|Categories: ADHD|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Is it “ADD” or “ADHD”?

About the Author:

Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.