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what sort of problem is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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Dr. Richard Auerbach
25 years experience Pediatrics
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.
Answered on May 21, 2017
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Dr. James Eyerman
46 years experience Psychiatry
Focusing problem: Functional MRI studies can define the brain regions involved in adhd. A simple model for adhd focusing problems is the old cathode ray tv screens with focus controls; if it is out of clear focus, then the images are quite difficult -frustrating- to distinguish. Thus, those with adhd have to struggle to pay attention, and are often distracted and can be irritable.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Beth Friedland
41 years experience Ophthalmology
Brain focus: The problem is mainly in how the patient's brain interacts with their environment. It can be associated with reading problems such as dyslexia, but is a separate mental focus issue. There are some glasses that will aid patients in specially selected cases. www.ireadbetternow.com.
Answered on Mar 13, 2014
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Changes in brain : structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd validate the diagnosis of ADHD as a neurodevelopmental disorder with significant symptoms of Inattention &/or Hyperactivity/Impulsivity that impact learning, peer interaction &/or behavior, often over a person's lifespan. CHADD.org is a good resource to learn about ADHD diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with ADHD at all ages.
Answered on Aug 13, 2014

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Dr. Alan Ali answered
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ADHD: Please refer to my answer above for details.

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