ADD And ADHD - Is There A Difference

ADD and ADHD - Is There a Difference

ADD and ADHD - Is There a Difference

ADD and ADHD - Is There a Difference The answer to this question is a bit more  Memory Protocol Ebook Review  complicated than it appears at first glance. The reason for this is twofold. ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder is, in the scientific community, the old medical term for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. ADD is also, however, the term used by some lay people to describe individuals with ADHD who are not hyperactive. In the scientific community, the terms are interchangeable. In the lay community, the terms may describe two very different problems.

ADD is the older scientific term, used by physicians and researchers for the condition that is today referred to as ADHD. Physicians and researchers no longer use the term ADD at all. In the 80s the manual of psychiatric diagnosis, the DSM was updated. The new DSM IV labeled the disorder that had been previously called ADD, ADHD to reflect the fact that most people with ADHD are hyperactive. The DSM IV described three subtypes of ADHD. The hyperactive/impulsive subtype was labeled ADHD-HI, the Predominantly Inattentive subtype was labeled ADHD-PI, and the combined type was referred to as ADHD-C.

Lay people, as might be expected, failed to read the DSM IV. They sometimes use the term ADD to refer to anyone with ADHD and they also sometimes use the term ADD to refer to people who are inattentive but who are not hyperactive or impulsive.

Despite the fact that these two terms are used interchangeably by certain people, there is a big difference between Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD (ADHD-HI) or Combined type ADHD (ADHD-C) and ADHD-PI. Some psychiatrist believe that ADHD-PI is so different from the other subtypes of ADHD that the American Psychiatric Association is considering removing the Predominantly Inattentive subtype from the DSM category shared by the other ADHD sub-types and assigning it a new category when it publishes the new DSM V in 2013.


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