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Q: What is the difference between A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.?

posted Jan 27, 2015, 8:39 AM by Nancy Bell   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 8:39 AM by Marlana Preston ]

A:  Good question!  It is all A.D.H.D. (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)—whether you have the “H” or not!  According to our diagnostic manual, psychologists diagnose all people with an attention disorder with ADHD but include one of three presentations:  Predominantly Inattentive, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, or Combined Presentation.  We are also required to specify the severity level of a client’s ADHD as Mild, Moderate, or Severe.  So, the formal diagnosis might be something like “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder—Predominantly Inattentive Type (Moderate).”  Now that’s a mouthful!