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What does ADHD stand for?

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is a clinical disorder that can cause major problems for people in their personal and public lives. There are three types of ADHD: combined type, predominantly inattentive type, and predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type.

You may have heard people refer to ADD. The term ADD is often used instead of ADHD because attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was once known as attention deficit disorder. In 1994 the American Psychiatric Association changed the name to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but many people, including health professionals, still use the term ADD instead of ADHD. However, the correct term is ADHD, and the term ADD may start becoming less popular as more people become aware of the new terminology and guidelines on ADHD.

ADHD is an abbreviation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This disorder had different names in the past including hyperactive syndrome and minimal brain dysfunction. ADHD is a disorder in which inattention and hyperactivity cause significant problems in a patient’s life.

Ask most kids what ADHD stands for, and they will most likely look at you like you’re crazy. It would be like asking what LOL or GTG stand for. Most kids know all about ADHD from friends or classmates. Whether you are likely to spell it out or not, ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is age and developmentally inappropriate inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with functions at home, work, school, and in social situations. The symptoms are so severe that often they interfere with your ability to function.

The important thing is that it’s treatable and many people with help from counselors or therapists, and medications can hold down a job, kick butt in school, and have great friendships and relationships (Mehmet and I both think we had ADHD in school, and he’s done useful work).Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The sooner you talk to your doctor, the better.

Each letter in ADHD stands for a word.

  • A = Attention
  • D = Deficit
  • H = Hyperactivity
  • D = Disorder

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