ADD, ADHD, ADHD without hyperactivity OR ADHD – non-attentive? Huh? First lets start with some history.
- Attention Deficit Disorder – basically ADHD without the hyper-activity, but not officially recognized by DSM-IV as a mental disease nor is medically covered by Insurance.
- ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – A condition of the brain that results in hyperactivity, impulsivity, and difficulties with focusing attention.
- ADHD without Hyperactivity – same as above but without the inability to sit still (same as ADD) yet this is recognized by the DSM-IV and is medically covered under most insurance plans
- ADHD – Non Attentive – the ability to sit still but the inability to stay focused
What with all this? It was considered a feat just to be focused long enough to get to the doctor and talk to him about symptoms. Or for that matter, have someone push us to finally seek out help. No need to worry, its not for us to figure out, that’s what the specialist are for.
By specialist, I’m referring to just that. Unless our family Doctor is skilled and trained in ADHD, they are probably not the first choice to render diagnoses. Even Psychiatrist spend very little time on training in ADHD.
Yet seek out those physicians that specialize in ADHD, which may in fact be a Family Doctor, a Psychiatrist or perhaps a Psychologist. Bottom-line is seeking out help and not so much getting overwhelmed with which form we are challenged with.