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Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

Are they the same thing? I keep using the ADD acronym thinking it was different then ADHD...but now I'm starting to think they're the same thing lol.
If they aren't the same...can anyone tell what the difference is?
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

old school ADD was the type of ADD when you are less hyperactive and more shut in. ADHD was the wild cards back then.

today they are all ADHD because it is more understood now as a general executive disorder, and if I remember correctly there are 12 executives that everyone has. I'm not sure of all the terminology, but I'm sure other people will be able to fill in those blanks.
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

Thanks Drog

That's pretty much exactly what I thought the difference was...and why I've been calling myself ADD instead of ADHD (I'm so not hyperactive in a physical sense!).
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

I thought adhd was the the one that put a big red target on your back by teachers,students that every time you acted up or out you were singled out and either sent to principals office,time out or home or all 3?
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

I think they just call it adhd nowadays but the only major different is the h (Hyper) part of it but i also read that even females have adhd, theres a higher percentage of males who have it but i think that guys are more naturally hyper as it is! Lol
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

Add is the old term. Now it is all encompassed as ad/hd. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder because though they are different they all fall on the same spectrum.

I'm a pi so I'm not hyper but I'm on the same spectrum.

Also many adults that were hyper as children are no longer hyper but still have many other adhd traits qualifying them for a disorder.

It's a potato potato argument. There are 9 executive functions.

Depending on who you read they can break up trait clusters and give them names but it is all still adhd.
amen has 6 types.
Barkley has 4
Hallowell recognizes the individual adhd.

Before anyone goes off all 3 recognize that adhd is a spectrum disorder.

It is hard for a linear thinker to imagine the adhd spectrum as it is anything but linear.
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

Nick you are one smart cookie i had a harder time reading that because i dont quite understand it.
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

Dionilda

You also had a hard time undertanding it because i just went straight to the meat skipping many segways along the way and not explaining each of them.
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You know how no two snow flakes are exactly alike? Neither are ADHDers symptom clusters. You can't organize them lined up in a row. You can group similar ones but each one is unique.

One can't quantify.... crap.... i lost that thought. .. Anyways.... The qualitative!!!!!

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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

My two son's are the perfect explanation of the two labels.

First born, just like me, hyper, the world revolves around him, can't tell us anything we already know it all. Can't sit still for too long and we have the tendency to aggravate all around us.

Second born, quiet, friendly, but can't remember a list of two instructions. He doesn't want to do anything stressful, avoids controntation, can sit and play games for hours and knows all the tricks and short cuts, gets along with everyone and makes an attempt to fit in with society unlike me and my older son!

They are a year and a half apart in age and they are as opposite as Felix and Oscar from the odd couple!

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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

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My two son's are the perfect explanation of the two labels.

First born, just like me, hyper, the world revolves around him, can't tell us anything we already know it all. Can't sit still for too long and we have the tendency to aggravate all around us.

Second born, quiet, friendly, but can't remember a list of two instructions. He doesn't want to do anything stressful, avoids controntation, can sit and play games for hours and knows all the tricks and short cuts, gets along with everyone and makes an attempt to fit in with society unlike me and my older son!

They are a year and a half apart in age and they are as opposite as Felix and Oscar from the odd couple!

I am a walking bill board for AD(H)D. But, I am who I am and today I'm comfortable ion my skin!
It's like you described my brother and I! Though I doubt I would ever get him into a psychiatrist office for a diagnosis.
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

Yup thats me n my bro even tho we are 6 years apart. I was always asked by folks why I coukdnt be more like ny bro, listen, go to school n keep mouth shut n not cause problems n be n uproar everywhere I go?
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Re: Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?

I'm starting to really dislike the attention deficit part of the name & for me the hyperactive part doesn't fit either.

It doesn't really describe at all what my issues are & to someone who doesn't know what it is, it's confusing.

I strongly believe that the idea of "attention deficit" & that I wasn't hyper is why I wasn't diagnosed earlier. I can hyperfocus like nobody's business & I test really well on standardized education tests, "gifted", therefore I couldn't possibly have a developmental disorder.

I think something like "executive function deficit disorder" would be a much better name. Even if people aren't aware of what the executive functions are, it would be much easier to explain.

I still say ADD most of the time, because I'm not hyperactive & it's just that much shorter.
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I'm starting to really dislike the attention deficit part of the name & for me the hyperactive part doesn't fit either.

It doesn't really describe at all what my issues are & to someone who doesn't know what it is, it's confusing.

I strongly believe that the idea of "attention deficit" & that I wasn't hyper is why I wasn't diagnosed earlier. I can hyperfocus like nobody's business & I test really well on standardized education tests, "gifted", therefore I couldn't possibly have a developmental disorder.

I think something like "executive function deficit disorder" would be a much better name. Even if people aren't aware of what the executive functions are, it would be much easier to explain.

I still say ADD most of the time, because I'm not hyperactive & it's just that much shorter.
executive function disorder. I like that. It encompasses all of adhd.

I agree it would make it hard to understand and relate especially to children.
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executive function disorder. I like that. It encompasses all of adhd.

I agree it would make it hard to understand and relate especially to children.
Explaining it would basically be the same as it is now. The poor working memory, the distracability, the poor processing of tedious info, the organization & motivation issues, etc.

I just think ADHD has such a strong stigma that when people hear it they don't even listen to an explanation of what it really is.

I didn't really know what it meant until my therapist told me why I did & didn't do the things I do.
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