Posted by: sandra | 2008/06/25



what is the difference between add and adhd?
my doctor said i'm hyperactive but didn't specify. i also suffer from bipolar and ocd

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ADHD Expert

Dear Sandra,
There is a little more to the differences between ADD and ADHD than what T has provided. ADD (attention deficit disorder) refers to a difficulty with focusing on a chosen stimulus, but ther are other factors as well such as being forgetful, poor organisational abililty and seeming not to listen when spoen to directly. ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) includes symptoms such constant fidgeting, walking around or climbing on things in situations that are not appropriate, interrupting others as a norm; these are only some of the symptoms. To be given a diagnosis of 'hyperactivity' does not necessarily mean ADHD. I'm sure if you ask your doctor to be more specific withthe diagnosis s/he will be more than happy to explain. It may also be worth asking if the hyperactivity could be caused as a side efffect from any medications you are currently on. OCD and bipolar are seperate from ADD and ADHD; they can, but do not always, co exist. Please do not be afraid to speak to your doctor about anything you are not 100% certain of as s/he knows your medical history as well as your current health.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: T | 2008/06/25

add is basically inability to concentrate. adhd is where hyperactivity comes in, aswell as your ocd and behavioural problems.
you have a full plate there hey! i battle to cope with just bipolar

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