The difference between the terms ADD and ADHD is mainly one of convenience which can be confusing.

The official term, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is used for clinical diagnosis. ADHD is clinically broken down into three sub-types:

  •          Predominantly Inattentive
  •          Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive
  •          Combined


Many people use the term ADD as a generic term for all types of ADHD. Whether we call it ADD or ADHD, we are all basically referring to the same thing. ADHD is often accompanied by coexisting conditions such as:

  •           Depression
  •           Anxiety
  •           Substance abuse
  •           Bipolar
  •           Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  •           Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  •           Autism
  •           Learning Disabilities
  •           Dyslexia
  •           Auditory Processing

ADHD is not adult onset (unless it’s a brain injury).  If you have it as an adult, you had it as a child.

ADHD may also be associated with:

  •        Restless Leg Syndrome
  •        Smoking
  •        Delinquent Behavior
  •        Speeding/Car Accidents
  •        PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  •        Sleep disorders – apnea