What Is ADHD: Are ADHD and ADD the Same Thing

The differences between ADHD and ADD symptoms.

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ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or just ADD, attention deficit disorder, are confusing medical terms but relate to the same thing. ADHD and ADD are terms that refer to a mental health syndrome found in both children and in adults. People with ADHD and children with ADHD tend to be characterized by distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity/restlessness and/or the inability to control one’s own behaviour.

Is ADHD the Same Thing As ADD?

ADD, or attention deficit disorder is a type of ADHD but may vary in symptoms. One symptom of ADHD they don’t have is the hyperactivity.

Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD known as ADD – attention deficit disorder. This type of ADHD results in the child or adult becoming bored easily and not being able to keep their mind focused on anything for long periods of time. In this type of ADHD, they suffer very mildly with hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Signs of Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD Are

  • Difficulty in completing one activity before moving to another
  • Difficulty in paying attention or following instructions
  • Detailed tasks and instructions are prone to careless mistakes
  • Prone to losing or forgetting things like keys or phone
  • Easily distracted by sounds or things that are around them

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type ADHD is when a child is always on the go and is non-stop moving. They find it difficult to sit down and to tone their activity level down, but they are capable of paying good attention.

Signs of Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type ADHD Are

  • A difficulty with patients level, can’t wait their turn
  • Excessive Fidgeting
  • Non-stop talking
  • Constantly leaving his seat
  • Interrupting conversations or speaking out of turn

Signs and symptoms of ADHD and/or ADD have to be extreme in order to have a diagnosis. In children, many parents will believe that their child is suffering from ADHD or ADD, but in fact, their children are just being children. However, if their signs of ADHD are closely related to ADHD and ADD, have lasted over the course of 6 to 8 months, and it affecting your child’s life and the family members, then it may be time to go to a specialist.

What Causes ADHD?

There is no known cause for ADHD. Scientists believe that ADHD is hereditary (runs in the family) and children are more likely to have ADHD if a close family member was diagnosed with it.

ADHD Treatments
ADHD is most commonly treated with counselling, behavior therapy and medication. Every adult with ADHD and every child with ADHD can have very different treatment plans. Children who have been recently diagnosed with ADHD might find themselves trying many different treatments before finding the one that works for them. Most treatments for ADHD are medication based prescription drugs, such as Stimulant drugs with calms people with ADHD down and usually, people will need a combination of different treatments and medication.

Medical Cannabis and ADHD

A Study called “Subtypes of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cannabis use” was published in 2014. The studies summary is “examined the association between subtypes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and cannabis use within a sample of 2811 current users”.The result of the study was the produced implication of ADHD patients likely to self-medicate themselves using medical cannabis and that their study support evidence that cannabinoid receptors (which are found in ourendocannabinoid system (ECS) and in the cannabis plant) for example CB1 and CB2, help regulate control.

This study executed in Germany, found that cannabis in small quantities improved concentration, and reduced impulsivity. People in America who live in States where cannabis is legal, take cannabis to help better their concentration and focus.

Although cannabis has been showing evidence on treating ADHD symptoms, cannabis has also shown that it doesn’t help those with ADHD, especially when it comes to focusing and motivation. Cannabis shouldn’t be abused, and small doses are recommended by medical professionals for a reason because extremely mild doses of cannabis has had positive outcomes on ADHD symptoms.

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