Many patients come in and ask, “what is the difference between ADD and ADHD?”
The difference between ADD ADHD is that ADHD is the actual DIAGNOSTIC NAME for the disorder, and ADD is a pop culture term used to describe one of ADHD’s subtypes!
ADHD is diagnosed as ADHD Predominately Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation or ADHD Combined Presentation and ADHD Predominately Inattentive Presentation (aka ADD).
It really is that simple!
Dr. Chambers developed a state-of-the-art neuropsychological testing battery to determine whether or not someone has ADHD. The battery itself can be completed in one full day of testing, and includes the rule out of psychiatric conditions, searches for pathognomonic signs of neurological dysfunction, and it rules out language delays or other cognitive explanations for ADHD/ADD. It is imperative that when you participate in an ADHD evaluation, that the evaluation itself is comprehensive enough to rule out other conditions that present with similar symptomatology. ADHD/ADD is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that all other explanations need to be excluded as a diagnostic possibility prior to assigning an ADHD/ADD diagnosis.
Far too often clinicians only look for what something is, not what something isn’t. In cases of a diagnosis of exclusion, the only way to really know what it “is” is to know what it isn’t!