Are ADD and ADHD the same thing?
Technically speaking, ADD and ADHD are not the same. ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. So, in essence, this means that ADHD includes symptoms of hyperactivity, in addition to the other symptoms included in ADD. Here’s the catch: ADD is an outdated term and is not used in the medical community anymore. Because, as you’ve probably guessed by now, these things are not as simple as they may seem.
How the terms are used
Let me make a distinction between how people use the terms colloquially compared to when people use it correctly. Lots of us drama queens use terms like ‘OCD’, ‘Schizophrenic’ and ‘Bipolar’, in casual conversation to describe things. For example, I might say things like ‘I am so OCD, that crooked painting is really bothering me’ or ‘Stop changing your mind, you are so Bipolar’ or even ‘If you don’t stop I am literally going to have a panic attack’. Look, I know that these conditions are serious. They require medical diagnoses. People suffer from them on a daily basis. Yet, some of us throw them around for the simple purpose of adding color and drama to our conversations. For better or for worse. Because there are those who might get insulted by it. But that’s for a different article.
What’s my point?
My point here is, the terms ADD and ADHD are also sometimes thrown around freely and inaccurately to describe a situation where someone is distracted or can’t stand still. I enjoy using the terms with my coworkers when, for example, they can’t focus during a meeting or keep changing the subject in conversation. But a lot of us actually do have ADHD. Plus, we see it as a good thing, considering what we sell 🙂 Anyway, when I say ADD and ADHD, I am not talking about the above phenomenon. Clearly. What I am talking about is when someone has an actual diagnosis, from a Doctor. The American Psychiatric Association released a new way to diagnose people with this condition. As of a few years ago, everything falls under the term ADHD. ADD is a thing of the past.
Does it matter?
Well, you tell me. Does the name matter? My first instinct is to say NO WAY. Who cares what something is called? On the flip side, as most people with any diagnosis (of any type!) will tell you, the diagnosis often brings along a sense of relief. It provides validation and answers. It might even give hope. But this is just my opinion. How do YOU feel about it? Do you still use the term ADD? Does the term matter? And did the diagnosis give you hope?
And to answer the question, is Vayarin for ADD or ADHD?
You tell me 🙂