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Are ADD and ADHD the same thing?

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Many people use the terms to mean the same thing -- and that's sometimes correct. But not always. ADD is a type of ADHD that doesn't involve constant movement and fidgeting. But it's a blurry distinction.

Which term is right for your family to use depends on your child's specific symptoms. It's important to talk with an experienced mental health provider to make sure your child gets the right diagnosis.

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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