People often refer to ADD and ADHD as if they mean the same thing, but that’s not quite the case. Board-certified providers in psychiatry, Sarang Patel, PA-C, and Taylor Hennrick, PA-C, of the ADHD Institute of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, can help you understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and how it differs from attention deficit disorder (ADD). You can get their help in person or by telehealth; call the office or book an appointment online today.
ADD (attention deficit disorder) is a term that people sometimes use to mean attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, since 1994, all types of ADD have come under the umbrella of ADHD.
If someone has this condition without hyperactivity, it’s called ADHD inattentive type. If hyperactivity is the primary problem, it’s called ADHD hyperactive/impulsive type. You can also have symptoms of both these forms, which is combined ADHD.
It’s not unusual to see ADD used to mean inattentive type ADHD, even now. What’s most important is understanding the difference between inattentive type ADHD (or ADD) and hyperactive/impulsive type ADHD.
It can be more of a challenge to diagnose predominantly inattentive ADHD (or ADD) because children with this condition don’t display hyperactive behaviors. Instead, they lack the high energy levels of children with predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD and often appear shy or seem to exist in a dream world.
Typical symptoms include:
In children, inattentive ADHD (ADD) is a probable diagnosis if they display symptoms for at least six consecutive months without any signs of hyperactivity or impulsivity. A child under age 16 needs to have six or more symptoms; older teens need five or more.
The team at the ADHD Institute of Michigan PLLC uses digital Cambridge Brain Sciences at home psychological assessments to aid them in diagnosing ADHD.
Treating inattentive ADHD might involve taking stimulant medications that affect the chemicals in your brain. Increasing the levels of these chemicals helps improve your attention and cognitive processes.
Talk therapies are also an important part of your treatment. The ADHD Institute of Michigan PLLC most often uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that focuses on helping people manage their behavioral challenges. Behavioral therapies can help improve organizational and social skills, reduce stress, and keep anger under control.
If you need help understanding ADD or ADHD, or you’re worried about your child’s behavior, contact the ADHD Institute of Michigan. Call their office or schedule a consultation online today.