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are there any alternatives for regular adhd medication?

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Dr. Marlene Eisen
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Yes: Behavior modification, learning to focus on one thing at a time, hypnotherapy, which helps with focused attention, and restructuring behavior patterns. In hypnotherapy, one becomes aware of the observing ego, which may help monitor and alter behavior patterns.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can you reduce the symptoms of adhd?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Many ways: 1st to consider, if you're being treated with stimulants, is exercise sleep other meds & diet. Exercise transiently increases brain function in adolescents. Restorative sleep is necessary for healthy brain performance. Consumption of caffeinated beverages and chocolate worsens brain function in adhd patients, & should be avoided. Antihistamines, some antibiotics, & decongestants should be avoided.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is add/adhd hereditary?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes: It is both genetic and multifactorial.
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What are the signs of add/adhd?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A Simple Answer: This is a very simplified explanation. Check with your pediatrician for details.. Children with add/adhd all have these characteristics to a greater degree than noraml. 1.Easily distracted or poor ability to focus 2.Very impulsive 3.Difficulty with organization 4.Very fidgity or always moving.
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What causes adhd?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Genes: Most cases (> 95%) of adhd are inherited and worsened by prenatal events such as prematurity, smoking, neonatal illness or stress. Rarely, a brain injury or insult can result in "acquired" adhd. This would include chemobrainsuch as from cancer treatment, of after an infection such as meningitis or encephalitis, or an injury such as concussion or brain contusion or hematoma.
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How can I assess for adhd?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Do sample test ?s: There are many sample tests available online to test yourself to see if you may have adhd--for example, if you google "adhd test" you should get quite a few options to check it out. U can also consult your doc to get an assessment--he/she may use some of the "check-list' questions to see if u have adhd. There is no blood test/scan for adhd. Consult doc. Good luck.

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