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Other and older names for ADHD

Other and older names for ADHD

ADHD has (had) many different names:

  • ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: internationally used term, means the totality of all subtypes
  • ADHD-C - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type (subtype: ADHD-C)
  • ADHD-HI, ADHD-H/I, ADHD-H, ADHD-PH - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Hyperactive (Subtype: Predominantly Hyperactive)
  • ADHD-I, ADHD-PI - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Inattentive (subtype: predominantly inattentive)
  • ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder (subtype: predominantly inattentive, international designation)
  • ADD-H - Attention Deficit Disorder + Hyperactivity (subtype: predominantly hyperactive, outdated international term)
  • ADDRET ADD Residual Type
  • ADHD-I - Attention Deficit Syndrome (subtype: predominantly inattentive, colloquial)
  • ADHD-HI - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    • On the one hand: collective term for ADHD-HI with all subtypes
    • On the other hand: more special designation for subtype: predominantly hyperactive, in distinction to ADHD-I as subtype: without hyperactivity
  • Attention and hyperactivity disorder (designation according to DSM-III-R, 1989)
  • Attention deficit disorder with/without hyperactivity (designation according to DSM-III, 1984)
  • DAMP - Deficits in Attention, Motor Control and Perception. Common name for ADHD-HI in Scandinavia.
  • Figyelemhiányos hiperaktivitás-zavar - ADHD in Hungarian
  • Brain dysfunction, mild or minimal
  • HKS - Hyperkinetic Syndrome / Hyperkinetic Disorder (Designation according to ICD 9, 1982)
  • Hyperactive children (for ADHD-HI)
  • Hyperactivity disorder (for ADHD-HI)
  • Hyperkinesis
  • Hypoactivity (subtype: predominantly inattentive, Simchen)
  • Kramer-Pollnow syndrome (according to the authors of “Hyperkinetic conditions in childhood”, 1930 and “On a hyperkinetic disorder in childhood”, 1932)1
  • MBD - Minimal Brain Damage / Minimal Brain Dysfunction
  • McD - Minimal celebral dysfunction: term used for ADHD in the 1970s
  • MzD - minimal cerebral dysfunction: term for ADHD in the 70s
  • PSO - Psychoorganic Syndrome (Switzerland)
  • Sensory integration disorder
  • (Síndrome de) Déficit de Atención con Hiperactividad (TDAH) - ADHD in Spanish
  • Partial performance disorders (rather inaccurate, actually refers to dyslexia, dyscalculia, face blindness, and other partial performance disorders)
  • Trouble déficit d’attention/hyperactivité (Trouble du déficit de l’attention avec ou sans hyperactivité) (TDAH) - ADHD in French
  • Delayed brain maturation
  • Perceptual disorder
  • Central auditory processing disorder