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What’s the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

October 08, 2018
Alex

It’s the most widespread psychiatric condition in children with approximately 5 percent of kids getting diagnosed with it, but few people really understand the nuances of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

For instance, many people believe ADD and ADHD are different conditions.

Many people use the terms ADD and ADHD interchangeably, however, attention deficit disorder is actually an obsolete expression. ADD was once used to describe cases where people struggled to focus but didn’t exhibit hyperactive behaviour. Hence, “attention deficit disorder” was considered a more accurate description than “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”

However, these days, Inattentive ADHD is the preferred term rather than ADD. Inattentive ADHD is one of three types of ADHD, alongside Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD and Combined ADHD, which exhibits symptoms of both the other types of ADHD.

How ADHD Affects Your Life

Contrary to its portrayal in popular culture, ADHD is much more than childhood rambunctiousness. More than half of kids diagnosed with ADHD continue to suffer from its symptoms into adulthood, affecting their personal relationships and livelihoods.

Due to their biologically shortened attention span, kids with ADHD struggle in school and have higher dropout rates. Many also turn to narcotics and/or alcohol to deal with their struggles.

While sufferers of Inattentive ADHD don’t face quite the same impulse control issues those with Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD and Combined ADHD experience, they also struggle in work and school from their inability to stay focused on one task or idea for very long.

ADHD Disability Tax Credit

If you or a loved one suffer from any of the three types of ADHD, you may be eligible for the ADHD Disability Tax Credit.

Instead of adhering to a static list of eligibility criteria, qualifying for the Disability Tax Credit is based on how seriously your condition affects your quality of life and your ability to perform the basic activities of daily living. Based on the severity of some types of ADHD, you could very well be eligible for money to help you manage your condition. Visit our website for more details.


The National Benefit Authority has helped over 40,000 Canadians with a wide range of conditions qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. Our benefits specialists will guide you through the application process and determine if your case of ADHD qualifies. Contact us today.