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The internet has become a wonderful place to learn more about medical problems and disorders. Take the attention deficit disorder as an example. What is the difference between attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Both these problems seem to be similar but the different terminology used may create the impression that these are two separate complications. The truth is that both these phrases refer to the same disorder.
The disorder involving attention incorporates three aspects-attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. A person suffering from this disorder may either remain inattentive despite your best efforts or may remain hyperactive despite your best efforts to calm that person down or may not show any hyperactivity but may be very impulsive in his or her actions.
These are three aspects or facets of the same disorder and have to be treated in a similar manner. This problem is common in kids. Statistics indicate that boys are at a higher risk for this disorder. However, the general perception is that boys are more boisterous and fun loving as compared to the girls. This often leads to teachers referring more boys for tests related to the attention deficit disorder. In such a scenario, the fact that a large number of boys are tested automatically has an impact on the results.
This disorder commences in the childhood and continues still adulthood. As the individual grows older, he or she finds ways and means to manage the same. Some persons give themselves time for their mind to wander. Other individuals make it a point to exert strict control over their hyperactivity.