The difference is
mostly one of terminology, which can be confusing
at times. The "official" clinical
diagnosis is Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. In turn ADHD is broken down into different
subtypes: Combined Type;
Predominantly Inattentive Type; and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.
Many people use the term ADD as a generic term for all types of ADHD. The term ADD has gained popularity
among the general public, in the media, and is even commonly used among professionals. We are basically
still talking about the same thing however, whether we call it ADD or ADHD.
WHO HAS ADHD:
According to epidemiological data, approximately 4% to 6% of the U.S. population has ADHD.
ADHD usually persists throughout a person's lifetime. It is NOT limited to children. Approximately one-half to two-thirds of children with ADHD will continue to have significant problems with ADHD symptoms and behaviors as adults, which impacts their lives on the job, within the family, and in social relationships.
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