Many people around the world suffer from ADHD. However, some of those people previously suffered from ADD. Why did their diagnosis changed so suddenly in the recent years? Or did it change at all? Well, the answer is very simple. There is no major difference between ADD and ADHD.
What is ADD?
This term was used to identify Attention Deficit Disorder in the past. Though, some doctors still use it today. The patients with this disorder suffer from attention problems. It is often hard, if not impossible for them to focus on the task at hand. They get distracted easily. Other people often consider them to be careless, slow or even less intelligent. This is caused by the fact that people with ADD often forget things and have problems with sorting through relevant information.
What is ADHD and how it differs from ADD?
Term ADHD is the more recent term that covers two related disorders. The first one was previously known as ADD. The second one is Hyperactivity Disorder. Of course, the change in name of diagnosis does not mean that you suffer from both. In fact, the term ADHD consists of three major types. Only one of these types solely covers ADD. It is called Predominantly Inattentive Type.
On the other hand, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type refers to what was previously known as Hyperactivity Disorder. Patients with this type of ADHD show different symptoms then ones with ADD. Their behavior is often the exact opposite of the behavior of previous group. They usually act on impulse without previous thinking. These people often interrupt others and appear restless. However, they do not show any significant attention problems. Anyway, as you have probably already guessed, the third type covers combination of both of these disorders.
To conclude, there is no need to worry when your doctor suddenly changes your diagnosis from ADD to ADHD. Most of the time, it will be only a ‘cosmetic’ change. The thing you should pay attention to is what type of ADHD you are diagnosed with. If you were previously diagnosed with ADD, then your ‘new’ diagnosis should be ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type. Actually, the only notable difference between ADD and ADHD is that term ADHD covers both, the Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity Disorder.