Changing From ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 699


For years, I’ve been using “ADD ADHD” because I thought it would address more readers and possibly produce more hits. Under the new DSM V system, it’s now called       Attention – Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  You then specify Combined presentation, Predominantly inattentive presentation, or Predominantly hyperactive/Impulsive presentation.

Of course, to properly make a diagnosis, you still need to meet rigorous criteria.  It takes a good evaluation, not just saying, “This kid is hyper.”

I always thought of myself as “ADD,” but actually I do have the hyperactive components – restlessness, tapping, fidgeting, and driving my wife up the wall.

Another Change

I’m now mostly changing to just using ADHD, which would fit the new nomenclature, and also takes a little less typing.  I will still call this ADD Tip O the Day.

Your Opinion Matters

I would appreciate any input about this ideas  – does it matter?  are there any cons?



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From Homey – why people don’t pick up after them selves


Diagnosis also put diagnosis into the search box on the post.  There are many posts on it.

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It probably takes someone with ADHD to think up something like this.

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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9 Responses to Changing From ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 699

  1. Anonymous says:

    I wanted comment But then I’ll be prejudiced or Races store black blacklivesmatter everything else and it’s a freedom of speech and nobody has sense of humor when it comes to that yeah I have ADHD an ADD it’s no fun to have


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  3. Doug,
    same situation in the German speaking part of the world. We used to have a variety of abbreviations in order to address both hyperactive and non-hyperactive ADDers. The latest tendency is using only ADHS, which ist the direct translation of ADHD. I personally like the new usage, and it really saves a lot of typing. 😉
    As for myself, I got my diagnosis at the age of 49 and am of the combined type, so I can live very well with ADHD as the common term.

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  4. The Bully says:

    hold – continued. I hit enter on the comment before I was ready (ADHD). For now, I think the impulsive counts for the hyperactive part. I’m going to try to sort it out.
    Thank you for your contributions.


  5. holdthatthought says:

    Doug, I like the new direction in nomenclature. I think it’s going to be more consistent with the rest of the literature out there.

    I was personally diagnosed (very recently! within the last couple of years) as being ADHD combined type–impulsive and inattentive, without the “hyperactive” components (though like you, I feel like I’m often fidgety as seen by my never-ending bouncing knees whenever sitting down anywhere. drives the girlfriend crazy.)

    even though i don’t particularly feel like i’m hyperactive, i accept that “ADHD” is the proper operational definition of this disorder. i feel like most people who do a search for ADD or ADHD will discover this after a few minutes of reading up on the internet.

    your decision to stick with ADHD is sound (and appears more accurate, per the existing literature.)

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