At one time, it was thought that ADHD was a boy’s disorder and ADD was the girl’s disorder. This is now known not to be true, there are boys suffering from symptoms of ADD and girls that are hyperactive.
Overall, there are distinctive characteristics and symptoms for ADHD and ADD. There are also similarities. One is not worse or better than the other, there is simply a difference in behavior patterns. Treatment, when properly done, will not differentiate between ADD and ADHD but will target the specific areas of difficulty in a person’s life and work to improve their lives.
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