ADD vs. ADHD

ADD vs. ADHD

ADD and ADHD are acronyms for behavioral disorders which are fairly similar in nature. The difference between the two is the hyperactivity component (represented by the H in ADHD). Both disorders are commonly treated through counseling, behavioral interventions, and/or medication.

ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. This disorder, particular to children but present in some adults, is marked by an inability to sustain attention on a task. Though all children may exhibit mild symptoms at times, the disorder is marked by extreme behavior that is inappropriate for the child's age and interferes with home, school, and socialization.

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This disorder, particular to children but present in some adults, is marked by excessive activity/fidgeting and impulsivity as well as an inability to sustain attention on a task. Though all children may exhibit mild symptoms at times, the disorder is marked by extreme behavior that is inappropriate for the child's age and interferes with home, school, and socialization.

The two terms are often misused and used interchangeably. Currently, ADHD is the preferred medical term, presenting itself as mainly inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or any combination of two or three symptoms.

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