The Difference Between ADD and ADHD

By Surfside Pediatrics
November 09, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: ADD   ADHD  

Find out what makes these two attention-related disorders different from one another.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder are two terms that get bandied about a lot. They may often seem like the same thing from what you hear from those around you or read in articles, but our Ventura, CA pediatricians are here to clear up a few misconceptions surrounding these two conditions.

While both ADD and ADHD are brain-related conditions that affect how someone concentrates, the one big difference between the two is that those children who have ADHD are also hyperactive. Children with ADHD are often fidgety and can’t sit still. They may not be able to sit in their seat while at school and they are more likely to cause disruptions to a classroom.

On the other hand, children may have ADD without parents or teachers even noticing since there are no outbursts of energy or disruptions. Instead, they may be prone to daydreaming or being in a world of their own most of the time.

Of course, while ADD was once considered a subtype of ADHD, it seems as if things have changed a bit and even little ones with ADD are being placed under the blanket term ADHD. This has caused a bit of controversy with doctors and psychologists who believe that they truly are two different conditions.

Fortunately, regardless of whether your child has ADD or ADHD, the treatment options are the same. While your child will be prescribed medication from one of our Ventura children’s doctors, they will also need to go through behavioral modifications, which we can discuss more in depth during your visit. These modifications help your child implement different ways to cope to lessen their symptoms and make it easier for them to concentrate.

Is your child displaying symptoms of ADD or ADHD? If so, Surfside Pediatrics in Ventura, CA is here to help. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call. We are happy to schedule your child’s next appointment at a time that’s most convenient for you. 

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