ADD vs. ADHD in Children

ADD vs. ADHD in Children

ADD and ADHD are topics that are discussed daily among parents, teachers, friends, and families. So many people discuss the deficiencies though without truly knowing the similarities between the two, and without proper knowledge of their effects on children, hyperactive and non-hyperactive.

Most discussions typically display the notion that they are two very different problems. Both are simply generic or shortened terms for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder though and really do not describe the type of ADHD one person may have. Most often they are used as the same or interchangeably by physicians, teachers, parents and more, which tends to confuse those who are unfamiliar with the disorders.

When someone has ADHD, they may have a more described part of the disorder, which often has more specific side effects than someone who has ADD for example. To describe the type of ADHD a person has, think about the type of symptoms that best described their issues and use the following terminology.

ADHD, Inattentive Type, which includes children who mostly have inattentive abilities, are easily distracted, forgetful, or find it hard to concentrate.

ADHD, Hyperactive Impulsive Type, includes children who mostly have symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, have problems sitting still or fidgeting, find it hard to sit in their seats, talking excessively, interrupting others, constantly wanting to be on the go, and find it difficult to wait behind others to take a turn.

ADHD, Combined Type, which is typically when a child has all major symptoms of ADHD, including many of the above noted symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

ADD on the other hand is really just an aged description or form a terminology to describe ADHD, but should not be used to describe a child who actually has ADHD! They are pretty much the same thing but the most logical response to anyone would be to say that my child has ADHD. People tend to confuse and think that they are two separate disorders or that one is related to children while the other is more geared towards adults, when at the end of the day it is all the same!

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