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ADD/ADHD Difference

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    about ADD & ADHD


​What is the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

  • From
    During the last few years many different terms for children, adolescents and adults with ADHD have been introduced. They were mainly influenced by American descriptions of the classification system DSM-IV: ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the term used in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) diagnostic criteria.  ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) with or without hyperactivity is the older term from the DSM-IIIR. Thus in some older literature you will find this term as a synonym for ADHD.

  • From
    Passive inattention (drifting off, daydreaming, etc.) is generally referred to as ADD (attention deficit disorder). When inattention is combined with significantly heightened activity level and impulsiveness, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) may be a more appropriate term. Often the two terms are used interchangeably and the combination term 'ADHD' is frequently used.
  • From Attention Deficit
    ADD and ADHD are two interchangeable terms that are used to discuss the same condition, the state of inattentiveness, hyperactivity or impulsivity in children or adults. A child has ADHD if it has an extreme difficulty in sustaining his attention, has the constant want to move or has no control over what he is doing. A child with ADHD is not always running around, a child whose mind always wanders can also be considered as a person with ADD or ADHD.

Articles About ADD/ADHD:

  • 5 Things Your Teen Needs to Know About ADHD (
    Being diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager can result in a wide range of feelings and reactions.  Here are 5 things that your teen needs to know about having ADHD, especially if he or she has been recently diagnosed (and they are also good reminders for those who were diagnosed at younger ages or even as adults!).
  • ADHD & College (MedlinePlus)
    Sending your child off to college for the first time is hard for every parent. But when the student has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, the transition can be extra difficult for everyone involved.
  • ADHD Information (SF State University)
    ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention or hyperactivity/impulsivity manifested in academic, employment, or social situations. There are three distinct subtypes of ADHD.
  • ADHD Symptom Checklist (
    When children have problems at school or with their behavior, it is often suggested that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and that they should have further testing or evaluation. These evaluations often begin with parenting and teacher checklists to see if the child has enough symptoms of inattention, and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity to meet the criteria for having ADHD. While this form can't diagnose a child with ADHD, it can be helpful to guide you to see if your child does need additional testing.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (NPR – Sept. 18, 2008)
    NPR has recently focused a number of stories about students with disabilities starting college. Here is one focusing on Attention Deficit Disorder – other stories about students with different conditions are linked at the end.
  • Behavior Management Tips & Tricks for ADD & ADHD Students (MangoMon – 9/2/10)
    Students with ADD and ADHD have difficulty focusing and concentrating in class. In the inclusion setting, these difficulties can be displayed via various attention seeking behaviors including calling out in class and other disruptive behaviors that affect the learning environment of all students.
  • The Next Attention Deficit Disorder? ( – 11/29/07)
    Info on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
  • U.S. DOE Releases Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD (10/3/16)
    Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issues Guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide FAPE for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Resources and Services Related to ADD/ADHD:

  • Attention Deficit (blog)
    ADHD is a condition that contains a set of behaviors that will make it hard for a child to fit in and succeed in his studies.
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (CDC)
    ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), and in some cases, are overly active.
  • LSR Coaching and Consulting
    Patti's Comments: Laura Rolands founded LSR Coaching and Consulting LLC to coach adults coping with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • The Best Apps for AD/HD and Other Distractions (My Special Needs Network – 1/30/12)
    We have gathered a collection of app lists helpful for the AD/HD community and we hope these organizational and educational resources will provide someone challenged with AD/HD the needed assistance to make each day just a little bit better.