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What is attention deficit disorder (ADD)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is the older term used to describe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Attention deficit disorder is also sometimes used to describe the inattentive subtype of ADHD. In 1994, ADD was renamed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to include not only inattention, but also symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was called attention deficit disorder (ADD) for many years. And then, in 1994 (the same year Schindler's List swept the Oscar’s), a group of brainy scientists started revising the big bible of mental health. They realized that many people with ADD also had problems with hyperactivity and impulsivity. So they added a capital "H" to ADD, creating the term we all know today, ADHD.

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