Dr Scott B. McCabe

ADD & ADHD

 

Changes in the DSM classification method (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) often make things unnecessarily complicated. First, the DSM lists the criteria that psychologists and psychiatrists as well as other physicians use to make diagnoses related to mental health. Everyone is familiar with ADD; that was the way one described “Attention Deficit Disorder” meaning one had problems with attending. ADHD was that group of individuals that were “hyperactive.” The current way of describing attention problems makes things a little less clear. All attention problems are called ADHD (ADD and ADHD). Now they are listed with a “presentation” label. Therefore, what everyone knows as ADD is now ADHD Inattentive presentation. Hyperactive ADHD is now called ADHD Hyperactive/Impulsive presentation. If one has both types, the new description is ADHD Combined presentation. Many professionals still use ADD vs. ADHD and so do many writers. However, the most recent “presentation” is the most appropriate manner to describe these disorders. Hope that clarifies things for you.

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