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ADD vs. ADHD: What's the Difference?

ADD vs. ADHD: What's the Difference?

You've probably heard the terms ADD and ADHD used interchangeably, but you may not be clear on the difference. Here is a general overview of what they mean and where they fit into the bigger picture.

The acronym "ADHD"—which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—is actually a broad but official term for the neurological condition that covers a broader spectrum of combinations. These include poor attention, hyperactivity and poor impulse control. More specifically, these can be broken down into three specific types of ADHD:

• Inattentive ADHD (which you may hear being referred to as ADD) - This often manifests as forgetfulness, disorganization and difficulty managing focus.

• Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD (which includes hyperactive/impulsive only) - This often manifests as fidgeting, excessive talking, blurting out answers, interruptions or moving around the room when there is an expectation to be seated.

• Combined ADHD: (which includes both of the above)

Regardless of the type of ADHD, it's important to understand that there is help. LearningRx one-on-one brain training offers programs that have strengthened cognitive skills—including attention—using challenging mental exercises to target and strengthen cognitive skills.

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