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How can add and ADHD be the same disease, if one is so hyper?

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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
10 doctors agree

In brief: Same brain area

The main difference between add and adhd is the h - hyperactivity.
Hyperactivity is a feature that can occur with attention deficit disorder. Some people have it, others don't. We see hyperactivity more in boys, whereas inattention occurs more in girls. The core of adhd is the inattention and impulsivity.

In brief: Same brain area

The main difference between add and adhd is the h - hyperactivity.
Hyperactivity is a feature that can occur with attention deficit disorder. Some people have it, others don't. We see hyperactivity more in boys, whereas inattention occurs more in girls. The core of adhd is the inattention and impulsivity.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Same thing

Adhd is a condition of inefficient brain management.
This means that brain activity is mismanaged. Too much or too little activity is the the same neurologic thing. Too much focus or too little focus is the same thing. These are just names that have been used in the dsm-iv-tr manual. Previously there was a distinction made between hypertactivity present or not. Now we no longer make it.

In brief: Same thing

Adhd is a condition of inefficient brain management.
This means that brain activity is mismanaged. Too much or too little activity is the the same neurologic thing. Too much focus or too little focus is the same thing. These are just names that have been used in the dsm-iv-tr manual. Previously there was a distinction made between hypertactivity present or not. Now we no longer make it.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice

In brief: Not a disease

Add & adhd are psychiatric labels, they are not diseases.
There is no blood test or x-ray to prove someone has it. The diagnoses is made from a checklist which is subjective. One person can look at the child and think he has adhd and another can say "no", he doesn't. It is better to find the real cause such as learning problems, allergies, diet or nutritional deficiencies.

In brief: Not a disease

Add & adhd are psychiatric labels, they are not diseases.
There is no blood test or x-ray to prove someone has it. The diagnoses is made from a checklist which is subjective. One person can look at the child and think he has adhd and another can say "no", he doesn't. It is better to find the real cause such as learning problems, allergies, diet or nutritional deficiencies.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Not a disease,but a disorder that causes significant brain dysregulation.Learning problems,dyslexia,low or borderline intellectusl functioning,depression,anxiety,sleep disturbances etc could coexist with ADHD or be present independently.Allergies,diet and nutritional deficiencies,as well as enviromental and social issues could cause impairment but are not ADHD and therefore their treatment of poor consequence in the management of this disorder
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