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What's the difference between excessive daytime sleepiness or adhd/add?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Sleep apnea causes: Fatigue & may present as mild-mod. Adhd symptoms of inattention &/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. It's more common in overweight children. If your child snores or night wakes, ask your pediatrician if a referral for a sleep study & ENT eval are needed. Adhd is a neurodevelopmental disorder with above symptoms for 6 mos. Or > starting < age 7 that cause harmful dysfunction at home & at school.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
2 brain functions : Excessive daytime sleepiness (eds) results from reticular activation system dysfunction. Adhd is neurobiological disorder impacting executive brain function. Two different brain areas & functions. Adhd patients can get mental fatigue. Eds patients get sleepy from ras dysfunction. One is sleepiness, the other is fatigue.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What can cause excessive daytime sleepiness?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Many things: Some conditions like sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome interfere with sleep at night, resulting in tiredness/sleepiness in the day. Others are sleep disorders that themselves produce sleepiness, like narcolepsy. Still others are effects of medications or drugs; some mental illnesses like depression too. See your doctor for an evaluation. Can also see a sleep medicine doctor.

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