ADDI have ADD and every one seems to think it is the same as ADHD, but it's not. Or is it? I'm NOT hyper active. I'm actually quite lazy. I can sort things out in my head faster than most. My...


I have ADD and every one seems to think it is the same as ADHD, but it's not. Or is it?

I'm NOT hyper active. I'm actually quite lazy. I can sort things out in my head faster than most. My doctor saysthat my brain is too fast and my body cant keep up. When I talk I want to say every thing before I forget it (I forget things quite easily), so I try to say whatever Iam thinking. This usually ends up sounding something like "mibufrwzsoludlstnat" (my brother was so loud last night)

ADHD is where your body is much quicker than your mind. I know that's not my problem.

How can I tell people that ADD and ADHD are not the same thing? Please help me.

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Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your grasp of your own perceived shortcomings is tremendous.  You know who you are, how you are, and what the world does or does not call it really shouldn't matter.  But I know it does, at least through high school--a world where we try to "fix" these kinds of things.  You don't appear to me to need much "fixing"--except, perhaps, for the lazy part!--so explain when you have to, ignore when you can, and know that one day no one will even ask or care as long as you're being productive and not destructive.  Best wishes on your journey!

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Everyone is different. Two people may be diagnosed with ADHD but have different symptoms. It sounds like you do not experience the "hyperactivity" part and this is why you have been diagnosed with ADD. It also sounds like you have a pretty good handle on your situation and you did a great job explaining it above. If they ask, just explain it like that. Also mention that everyone is different and not everyone experiences things in the same way.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's never easy when we feel as if we are different than others. It's even more difficult when our differences are misunderstood. First of all, please know that there is nothing WRONG with you. Your own self-understanding is the first place to start in educating others about your situation. As for explaining it to others, explain it in the same way you explained it in this discussion post. Good luck and God Bless. 

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The DSMV-IV actually calls it ADHD, gut has three types. It sounds as though you are describing ADHD Predominately Inattentive Type. A person suffering from this does not have the impulsivity and hyperactivity but rather may even appear sluggish and take longer to process information. They may even appear forgetful, disorganized and careless. This Inattentive Type is often referred to as simply ADD.


mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous post.  Be straightforward because it demonstrates that you are not ashamed of anything, and admitting to a condition seems to relax the people to whom you talk.  They think, "Well, okay.  This person is a realist.  I can deal with him/her."

Best wishes!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

ADD is usually used to refer to people who aren't hyperactive, but can't concentrate.  Maybe someone just took the H out and it stuck?  You need to develop coping strategies for school and work.  Make sure the people you love know about the conditon.

moi4ever | Student

I am a 17 years old girl who, apparently seems t o suffer from ADD. First of all, I suffer the following symptoms: I can not concentrate for a long time, especially when I am studying, even sometimes while watching a movie, listening to a song, or even just listening to someone talking! If a person talks a lot to me, I get lost and go to la la land! I have the wildest imagination ever! I have a high IQ, so my best subject is math! I suffer in other subjects because  my memory is weak (almost only in remembering things memorized). I tend to sleep a lot, and feel more active at night! I took an online ADD/ADHD test and the results were not surprising; I suffer from a high level of ADD! I have a SAT biology test in a week and I have not finish the book yet, so does anybody knows a medicine that can help me sit concentrated to study( cause if i continue this way, I will only finish 10 pages by the test day)! It would be better if it does not have a obvious side effects because I do not want my parents to Know! They have enough things to worry about! Please help me, I really needed! Another thing I have is constant severe headache, and when I went to a doctor and did a X-ray, It appeared that there is nothing wrong! But I always have sever headache! Thanks for reading!