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Can you have both ADD and ADHD?

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Yes. ADD is a type of ADHD that doesn't involve constant movement and fidgeting. But it's a blurry distinction.

The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders divides attention deficit hyperactivity disorder into three types:

A child with combined presentation has symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

  • ADHD predominantly inattentive presentation (ADD)
  • ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation
  • ADHD combined presentation

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: "About ADHD."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

American Psychiatric Association: "About DSM-5."

CDC: "ADHD: Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Understood: "What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?"

CDC: "CDC's ADHD Checklist for Children."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 22, 2019

SOURCES:

CHADD, The National Resource on ADHD: "About ADHD."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

American Psychiatric Association: "About DSM-5."

CDC: "ADHD: Symptoms and Diagnosis."

Understood: "What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?"

CDC: "CDC's ADHD Checklist for Children."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 22, 2019

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