Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - SCT - is the name for a "symptom cluster" at present - it is not yet officially a new condition. But many of the cautious medical professionals that I know, already believe that SCT replaces ADD - please note, ADHD remains.
This is a development in diagnosis, not a discovery of something new. This is important to understand.
The ADDer in your life, whether it be you, a family member or a close friend still has ADD, and will be treated as such for the forseeable future.
Let me try and give you an easy-to-understand version of what these gurus are saying. First some background of the condition itself.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder has always divided into 3 groups placed along a continuum:
- those who present with predominant hyperactivity
- those who present with predominant inattentiveness
- then those who present with a combination of the two presentations above. This is also the largest group
- If and when SCT becomes official, it will replace the ADD - or Inattentive presentation.
- Some of the scientists involved believe that the difference may lie in the type of attention produced by ADD on one hand, and SCT on the other.
- Those with traditional ADD can pay attention to a task, but often can't sustain it over time. Those with SCT seem to struggle to pay attention to a specific task.
As you can see, these changes are really not substantial or even significant.
I will watch these developments carefully over the coming months and even years. For now, there is not much cause for ordinary non-medical people to pay attention to.
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ADDer - a person who ADHD or ADD
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo