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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Differences Betweent ADD and ADHD

10/23/2000

Question:

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

Answer:

Most people, medical and non-medical, use the terms interchangeably. I prefer Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), since so many with the problems do not have hyperactivity, with one of the following sub-headings: Hyperactive Type, Inattentive Type, or Combined Type (hyperactive AND inattentive). Many use those same sub-headings but under the term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Response by:

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