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ADD vs. ADHD - March 28th 2012, 11:21 PM

This may seem like a stupid question, but I've always wondered if ADD and ADHD are the samething or two totally different things?




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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 12:52 AM

To my understanding, ADD and ADHD are the same, EXCEPT that the latter includes the person being hyperactive (not being able to sit still, etc. etc.)


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 12:58 AM

ADD is no longer the term used, it is ADHD. The disease classification has changed from attention deficit disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 12:59 AM

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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 01:05 AM

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ADD is no longer the term used, it is ADHD. The disease classification has changed from attention deficit disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
I am unsure of how recent that is, but that is not what I have heard, and I think it is unnecessary, because NOT all people with said disorder are actually hyperactive, in fact I have heard that most aren't.


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 01:19 AM

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I am unsure of how recent that is, but that is not what I have heard, and I think it is unnecessary, because NOT all people with said disorder are actually hyperactive, in fact I have heard that most aren't.
I got diagnosed with ADHD a couple of months ago, and even though hyperactivity is not one of my symptoms, my doctor told me the correct term is still ADHD.


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 02:59 AM

I've gotten diagnosed with ADD last year. Later I was told I might have enough aspects of the hyperactivity for it to be considered ADHD. So far as I know both are separate, I also know a lot of people with Attention Deficit Disorders who are not hyper at all.


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 03:10 AM

Well, I'm sorry, but diagnosing someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder when they are in fact not hyperactive in the slightest is just ridiculous.


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 03:49 AM

I agree, but I have all the other symptoms, thats just the formal name for the disorder now. I don't really mind, it doesnt really bother me. jusst because it includes hyperactive it doesnt make my otehr symptoms less real. its just a title


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 29th 2012, 06:07 AM

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Well, I'm sorry, but diagnosing someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder when they are in fact not hyperactive in the slightest is just ridiculous.
When a patient is diagnosed with AD/HD, they may be given a specifier of, "primarily inattentive", "primarily hyperactive", combined or NOS. The "/" in the name signifies the name of the diagnosis is, "attention deficit and/or hyperactive disorder", basically an attempt to get out of the problem you're mentioning. Funnily enough, when the name was ADD, one major line of criticism was that the name doesn't reflect hyperactivity when it is present in some . Since the patients often are young, a psychiatrist may say they have ADD instead of saying AD/HD but with the primarily inattentive specifier. On the other hand, if the patient falls under the other two specifiers, the psychiatrist may say the patient has AD/HD. I cant speak for psychiatrists but in the fields of neuroscience and neuropsychology, the "primarily inattentive" specifier is often considered a completely separate disorder. It is beautifully explained in the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology (2009), pages 617-633. Best I could find was on Google Books, it cuts out the page that summarizes it nicely but you can still understand most of their argument.

However, both the ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR clearly specify ADD is a thing of the past, the correct name is AD/HD.


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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 30th 2012, 05:45 AM

I agree, but I have other symptoms, this is just the official name for the problem now. I do not care, does not really bother me. Jusst hyperactive because it no less real than my otehr symptoms. the only title
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Re: ADD vs. ADHD - March 30th 2012, 09:56 PM

The term is now ADHD, although ADD and ADHD were once considered two different terms.

I'm not sure why they have done this, as they ARE two different disorders in my opinion, but medically speaking the term is just ADHD, though you can have "Inattentive" ADHD or "Hyperactivity/Impulsive" ADHD.

...Same thing as ADD or ADHD, but just using one term now.
   
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