Throughout history, a number of terms have been used to label these syndromes. In 1902, children who demonstrated the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder were labeled as having “Morbid Defect of Moral Control.” This name was given by Dr. Still, a British physician.
The term was replaced, however by “Post-Encephalitic Behavior Disorders,” which, in turn was replaced in 1922 by the phrase “Minimal Brain Dysfunction” or ” restlessness syndrome”.
ADD acquired its current name in the 60’s and endured wide review throughout the following decade. During the early inquiry, doctors focused primarily on hyperactivity. But this emphasis changed in the 1970s when doctors and researchers began to make connections between patients tendency toward inward daydreaming and their resultant external lack of focus, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Finally, in 1980, the current name “Attention Deficit Disorder ” was recorded in the DSM III by the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, ADHD and ADD were categorized under separate diagnoses. By the 1990s, Attention Deficit had become a widely studied, discussed, debated and diagnosed condition.