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What’s the difference between ADD and ADHD?

image The difference between ADD and ADHD? Technically, nothing. They’re the same thing.

Right now, the diagnostic name is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It used to be called Attention Deficit Disorder, with a distinction of ‘with or without hyperactivity.’ This was changed when the third edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was released in 1987.

The DSM is in its fifth edition (which was released May 2013), and as of now, ADHD is categorized into three presentations, or sub-types: predominantly inattentive presentation, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation, and combined presentation.

What used to be considered ADD, without the hyperactivity, is in essence the predominantly inattentive presentation.

So, ADD is the now outdated term for ADHD. That’s the difference!

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