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Vyvanse - Can someone tell me what the difference between ADD and ADHD is? And is this heradatary?

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nickeyr88 7 Nov 2013

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that causes above-normal levels of hyperactive and disruptive behaviors. People with ADHD tend to have difficulty concentrating, sitting still, paying attention, staying organized, following instructions, remembering details, and/or controlling impulses. Many people with ADHD can have trouble with the law also.
ADD, which stands for attention deficit disorder, is an older term used to diagnose individuals who are inattentive and often distracted.

It is possible to have both ADD/ADHD at the same time- it is very common.

nickeyr88 7 Nov 2013

I also would like to add that yes ADD and ADHD are very common upon any genetics/ hereditary aspects. If you have a relative, cousin, parent, sibling or even a grandparent with ADD or ADHD (diagnosed, treated or not diagnosed or treated) you are 40% more apt to having it too! Enjoy the positives that come along with ADHD because those with it are very gifted!!

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