Ever wondered why you and/or your child gets easily distracted, and feel restless, especially when doing chores or work? Well, it could very well be a case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
These two terms are often used interchangeably, however, it is important to understand the difference between them. This will help in proper diagnosis, awareness, and treatment.
First and foremost, ADD is a type of ADHD, minus the recurring fidgeting. The difference, on the face of it, is vague, considering that at some point in the mid-’90s, the medical fraternity took a call to classify all types of attention deficit disorders as ‘attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder’.
The correct connotation now stands as ADHD – inattentive type (in case of no hyperactivity), or ADHD – hyperactive/impulsive type, or ADHD – combined type.
It’s crucial to understand which term is applicable for you or your loved one, as all types have varied symptoms and diagnoses.
The basic distinction between the two terms:
Kids suffering from ADHD struggle with paying close attention to details. This ailment is manageable with the right care, and therapy. What is important is to understand the challenges faced by the ailing patients, even if they are just coming across as simply shy, careless or lost in their thoughts.
Having issues with paying attention and focussing is a matter of serious concern and can have adverse consequences for the person battling with it. Be it work, education, or personal relationships, ADHD can impact all walks of life.