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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Differences Between ADD and ADHD

10/29/2003

Question:

I am a seventh grader doing a report about Attention Deficit Disorder. I am curious what the difference is between Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. In all my resources they are listed together.

Answer:

"ADHD" (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is still the official medical name in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. The book is only redone every 10-15 years so it can often be behind the times a little. Many people use "ADD" (Attention Deficit Disorder) since it seems more appropriate because hyperactivity is only found in some people with this problem. I hope you learn lots of new and interesting things working on your paper! 

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Response by:

Susan Louisa Montauk, MD
Formerly Professor of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati