ADHD Vs. ADD: Understanding The Difference

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are a prevalent concern for people all over the world, affecting the learning and activity of one out of every ten children. An estimated 6.4 million children are diagnosed with ADHD or ADD in the United States alone. People with ADD or ADHD often get distracted easily and fidget, but telling the difference between the disorders can be quite tricky. Often ADD and ADHD are mistaken for each other, or the names are used interchangeably. However, there are apparent differences between the two disorders.

What Are ADD And ADHD?

ADHD and ADD are disorders that affect the learning ability by decreasing the child’s ability to pay attention and stay focused. Although they are frequently viewed as such, the disorders are not learning disabilities. However, they can often be present in addition to a learning disability. ADHD and ADD can interfere with the everyday activities of the diagnosed child, affecting their abilities both at school and at home. Children diagnosed with one of these conditions have a difficult time paying attention, controlling their behavior and are sometimes affected by hyperactivity.

Before your child is diagnosed, you may want to note their symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a checklist to assist in keeping track of the signs. 

Keep reading to understand the different types of ADHD and ADD.

Rob Janes