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What are the symptoms of add vs adhd?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
6 doctors agree

In brief: No longer an issue

Because the underlying neurobiological and neurochemical bases are the same for both, add is now called adhd-primarily inattentive type.
Adhd-primarily hyperactive/impulsive type is seen in preschool age children. Children with adhd-combined type are more commonly referred for treatment, as the hyperactive/impulsive symptoms draw attention. See chadd.Org for full explanation.

In brief: No longer an issue

Because the underlying neurobiological and neurochemical bases are the same for both, add is now called adhd-primarily inattentive type.
Adhd-primarily hyperactive/impulsive type is seen in preschool age children. Children with adhd-combined type are more commonly referred for treatment, as the hyperactive/impulsive symptoms draw attention. See chadd.Org for full explanation.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hyperactivity

The difference is motor hyperactivity.
Patients with adhd tend to be hyperactive and very impulsive. Patients with add are not hyperactive, but can be somewhat impulsive. They tend to be the quiet kids who don't cause problems in school, but struggle in school.

In brief: Hyperactivity

The difference is motor hyperactivity.
Patients with adhd tend to be hyperactive and very impulsive. Patients with add are not hyperactive, but can be somewhat impulsive. They tend to be the quiet kids who don't cause problems in school, but struggle in school.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Neuropsychological impairments in processing, memory, organization, retrieval of information & executive functions are more from inattention
Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Attention

Both add & adhd include symptoms of trouble paying attention.
The difference is that patients with add don't have the hyperactivity and impulsivity associated with adhd. Inattention involves: making careless mistakes; having trouble with focusing, following detailed directions and organizing; not listening well; being easily distracted; losing things; avoiding difficult tasks.

In brief: Attention

Both add & adhd include symptoms of trouble paying attention.
The difference is that patients with add don't have the hyperactivity and impulsivity associated with adhd. Inattention involves: making careless mistakes; having trouble with focusing, following detailed directions and organizing; not listening well; being easily distracted; losing things; avoiding difficult tasks.
Dr. Thomas Seck
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