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How is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder defined?

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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
ADHD: Inability to achieve to your capacities, procrastination, lack of foliow-through on mundane or boring tasks (unless at the absolute last moment), hyperfocus on activities that interest one (to a fault - ignoring important deadlines, staying up very late or absorbing a grab deal of time in the activity, missing meals, peer alienation), problems with time management/organization, and impatience.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
ADHD: The criteria can be more objectively measured by using the asrs - a widely available instrument. It is suspected when students underachieve - perform worse than iq/achievement testing would suggest or are inconsistent. The impact can be evident at home with poorer self-esteem and rejection - by parents and friends. Heightened impulsvity, hyperactivity, fidgetiness, and disruptiveness are typical.
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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Great caution is recommended when using the ASRS alone (self-report / self-reported survey). This insrument is a screen test only/ It has high sensitivity but limited specificity with relatively unimpressive positive predictive value. Perfect screener, but never a diagnostic entity alone. Too many other conditions will score positive on ASRS so always look for congruent data before Dx.
Jul 25, 2014
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
DSM-IV TR currently: The diagnostic & statistical manual of the amer psych assoc, fourth edition, revised (dsm-iv tr) is the internationally accepted provider of psychiatric diagnostic criteria. As such the basic definition of ad/hd is given in that manual. These are the minimum criteria to make the diagnosis for physicians to follow. See http://www.Psychiatry.Org/practice/dsm/dsm-iv-tr.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
All types of ADHD : are neurodevelopmental disorders with 6/9 or > significant symptoms of Inattention &/or 6/9 or > significant symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity that cause harmful dysfunction at school/work & home in academics, behavior &/or peer interaction, began before age 10 & have lasted at least 6 mos. Deficits in Active Working Memory & Executive Functions are common. No biological marker exists.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 29 years experience
See below: Adhd has core symptoms of hyperactivity and inability to focus. People with adhd are easily distracted by events in their environment and have trouble staying on task, completing school work. They also tend to be hyperactive, always moving, getting out of their desks, and being disruptive.. People with adhd also tend to be very impulsive. They may not think before acting.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Qualified Clinician: There's no definitive diagnostic test for adhd — no blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screen — so it's not easy to tell whether a child or an adult has the disorder. A good clinical evaluation performed by a qualified individual such as a pediatrician, psychiatrist or psychologist is essential. Psychological testing can be beneficial in making this diagnosis. Start with your primary md.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. R Sangal
Dr. R Sangalanswered
Sleep Medicine 44 years experience
No test: The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is by history. There is no test that shows whether or not you have it. If there are a sufficient number of symptoms of attention deficit or of hyperactivity-impulsivity which cause problems, have been present since early childhood (before age 7), and there is no other clear cause, then you have attention deficit.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
See my answer below for a more updated approach to ADHD
Oct 10, 2012
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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There are most certainly tests for ADD that have been validated over the past few decades. Would any psychometrists like to pipe in? CPT / CPT 3 / CPT 4 / SAT / Stroop / Brown / Vanderbilt / etc, etc.
Jul 25, 2014
Dr. Stephanie Smith
ADHD and Autism 16 years experience
There are computer tests available that can suggest a diagnosis of ADHD when supported by a proper history, like Qb.
Sep 9, 2015
A 40-year-old member asked:

What's ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Biologic disorder: Adhd is an inherited, neurobiological disorder that effects about 5% of the population. Untreated it leads to increased death (smoking, drug overdose, fatal auto crashes) or significant life impediments. It interferes with learning, socialization, relationships, finances, impulse control, academics, work performance, sleep. See my health files for websites and articles.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the tests for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
The tests for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children include:: EEG, Neuropsychological testing, Urine drug screen.

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