People often ask what are the differences between ADD versus ADHD. ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD stands for Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder. As you can see from the letter H, the core difference between ADD versus ADHD is the hyperactivity and essentially they are the same neurological condition.
They have many of the same symptoms such as impulsiveness and inattention and are both usually referred to as ADD. Some symptoms such as remaining seated for long periods of time and excessive talking are less evident in ADD. Below are the different stages in a person’s life and the effects hyperactivity may have throughout.
Hyperactivity may be evident even before the baby is born by violent kicks inside a mother’s womb. Other behaviors and symptoms such as colic and constant moving around in their cots may indicate that a baby is ADHD.
Toddlers to preschoolers
As they become more able to move around the difference between ADD versus ADHD can be better seen, as smaller children with hyperactivity will seem to be busy, unable to sit still long enough for the parent to rest. They will often be climbing, jumping or running wherever they go. An ADD child is usually not as active and may develop certain focused interests with the exclusion of all other activities.
As they get older, the hyperactive child will begin to learn coping mechanisms, but will still find it difficult to sit still and listen in class. They will often be in trouble for lack of concentration, constant talking, and the inability to sit on their chair without moving or wriggling.
When the ADHD child reaches this stage, they generally find that sports or other outdoor activities alleviate many of the urges that they feel as a result of their condition. Others who do not participate in physical activities find it a little more difficult and many times will have fewer friends.
An Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can become a bigger problem if not dealt with properly early on in life with methods that work for those who have this condition. The hyperactive adult may have an unyielding energy but is often unable to put it to effective use through focus. If not properly managed they may find themselves unproductively jumping around, experiencing little success in their relationships, home life, work and goals.
For a large percentage group they will never ‘outgrow’ their ADD or ADHD and so the ability to be able to deal with the symptoms is imperative. This can be achieved by learning and applying life skills on a continuous basis or with the aid of medication.
About The Author
Rolf Joss is an Author on both Attention Deficit Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders. As an Author on these subjects, he is at the forefront to provide solutions to those with ADD and ADHD.