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A 41-year-old member asked:

at what age can attention deficit disorder be diagnosed?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Past times 6 but: It is clear we can spot inattention starting 2-3 but could be from variety of causes--like to see what school teacher say at kindergarden, and mother agree about child behaviours.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Early onset ADHD: Studies by dr. Biederman at harvard showed the average age of diagnosis for tots with adhd was 2 years 7 months. Preschoolers have adhd -primarily hyperactive/impulsive type, because an attention span of 3-4 minutes is age-appropriate.This often changes to combined type by es, because the norm is a 15-minute att. Span in kg, 20 min. In grade 1. Add 3 minutes/ year in 2nd grade thru hs.
Dr. Nelly Cohen
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
No age difference: It can be diagnosed as early as 2-3 yo and as late as 40-50 yo.
Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Adhd: Although it used to be believed that adhd was exclusively a childhood disorder and magically disappeared by the age of 18, this is no longer believed to be the case. Research has shown that symptoms of adhd continue into adulthood and can continue to impair people's ability to function. Consequently, you can be diagnosed with adhd at any age...Assuming the disorder is present of course.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you have attention deficit disorder?

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Dr. Margarita Krasnova
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Poor concentration: Add is a condition recognized in childhood, if later poor attention becomes a concern, doctor needs to collect thorough history, including school performance. There several medications which found to be helpful for this problem, including Adderall and ritalin (methylphenidate). Anxiety commonly accompanies add and medication for add may help to have less anxiety.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is attention deficit disorder (a.D.D.) or a.D.H.D.?

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Dr. Richard Auerbach
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Focus.impulsv.hyper: Adhd: symptoms including attention deficit (inability to maintain focus), impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. Symptoms are typical and normal for 4 year olds, but start affecting all aspects of life (academic, social, family, athletic) when they persist beyond. Vanderbilt forms help objectively. Behavior modification, school involvement, and mainly stimulant medication are used as treatment.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Do I have attention deficit if easily bored in a small town?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Seriously?: Although many with adhd do complian of boredom, being bored from lack of stimulation and challenge are not hallmarks of adhd. You don't state your age, but adhd is a condition that starts probably from birth and interferes with functioning because of problems with attention, focus, impulsivity, and physical hyperactivity. Some kids with adhd do *better^ in small towns--more freedom.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can I draw social ostracism if attention deficit disorder?

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 9 years experience
ADHD: It is so prevalent - probably not.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How exactly does an attention deficit medication work?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Unknown: We're still unsure both what mechanisms in the brain are different with adhd to cause the symptoms seen and how various medications that improve those symptoms work. Dopamine and norepinephrine are the two neuroregulators most often invoked as mediating the medication effects of stimulants and nonstimulants that improve adhd, but exactly how they exert those benefits remains under active study.

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