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What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

No bad ones: Any activity that encourages the child to move, use his/her imagination and laugh is beneficial to his/her health.Exercise has been approved by the aap as adjunct therapy for adhd.Get a proper assessment by a knowledgeable professional, provide proper guidance, discuss meds and other options with your doctor. Avoid fads and unsupported treatments that could possibly delay or worsen outcome. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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Why are kids now a days diagnosed so often w/adhd&add then back in the 80's when I was growing up? N does this run in families a lot add/adhd?

Why are kids now a days diagnosed so often w/adhd&add then back in the 80's when I was growing up? N does this run in families a lot add/adhd?

Improved recognition: Indeed adhd does run in families. I think more are diagnosed because we have better tools to evaluate for adhd, and the treatment for it has been effective, there is more acceptance of the condition. It is not correct to try to link it to the increase in the number of vacines today. In the fifties we were given more than 3000 antigens in the vaccines whereas today they get only 300-400 antigens. ...Read more

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Can a child grow out of adhd?

Can a child grow out of adhd?

30-65% chance: Longitudinal studies lasting more than 20 years have shown that adhd resolves in about 35% of children. But if stimulant treatement is started before 7 yo, the risk of persisting into adulthood drops to 35%. In other words, if treatment is started early, instead of a 65% chance of still having adhd in adulthood, the risk drops to 35%. Good reason to treat early. ...Read more

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Could my child have ADHD or add?

Could my child have ADHD or add?

Speak to your doctor: You have not provided descriptive information. The best place to start is with your child's pediatrician. Let him or her know your concerns and a description of your child's behavior and activity level. In addition, if your child is in school, get information about performance, ability to focus and attend and effect of classroom distractions. ...Read more

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How do know if your child has ADHD?

How do know if your child has ADHD?

History/testing: Such diagnoses require a significant review of history, level of function, exam and a variety of tests. Alternative medical, emotional and behavioral conditions can mimic these conditions. Consult your pcp to start the process. ...Read more

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Best ways to help a child with adhd?

Best ways to help a child with adhd?

Many: Structure, good diet, holding child accountable for actions, proper school placement, athletics & exercise, proper diagnosis and stimulant medication. The latter being the most important since it repairs the pathophysiology if adhd at the cellular level. See my health files for references. ...Read more

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Can there be help for kids with adhd?

Can there be help for kids with adhd?

Yes! Talk w/ your Dr: Absolutely! First it's best to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Consider having your child be referred for psychoeducational testing so it is clear what his /her needs are and how best to address them. If your child does have adhd, a trial of medication as well as behavior management strategies may be best to start with. Work with your doctor to determine the best resources for your child~. ...Read more

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How do you get a child tested for adhd?

How do you get a child tested for adhd?

ADHD: You can request your child's school to perform a psycho-educational evaluation. This will greatly help the pediatrician in making the diagnosis in addition to vanderbilt screening. ...Read more

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How do you calm down a child who has adhd?

Consistency: There are lots of non-medical things you can do to help a child with adhd. Schedules are important with these kids. Getting plenty of rest really helps. Setting up expectations as well as consequences is essential. Despite some parents best efforts this is not enough. You may wish to consult your doctor about further treatment. ...Read more

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Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Depends on variables: I look at it like providing a crutch to a kid with a broken leg. With it s/he can get more done/without not so much. There are side effects to any med but the dose and form can be changed to fit the kids needs. Medicated add kids have a lower risk of incarceration and eventual drug use, for reasons unknown. ...Read more

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At what age does a child commonly get adhd?

Drs say "very young": Adhd is displayed, not "gotten". Some thinking now is that it may be there from literally the beginning - even before birth. Most kids are diagnosed in their first years of school, but the symptoms for formal diagnosis need to have started before age 7 - some say 5! - and have lasted over 6 mos. ...Read more

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Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Not necessarily: Attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity can be silent for ears in a bright and curious child; the curiosity acts like a stimulant to engage attention. Later in life, with less structure, symptoms of add become apparent: e.g., disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, spacing off, daydreaming may be subtle but present if searched for. Adult add is real. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Yes they can: Although many adhd children are not aggressive, their impulsivity and high levels of physical activity can set them up for situations in which they or others become upset, leading to aggression. In toddlers with adhd, the most common cause of referrals in aggression in the preschool setting. Older children may be teased and scapegoated, which may to anger and aggression. ...Read more

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Could my child have ADHD or add, how to know?

Could my child have ADHD or add, how to know?

See your Doctor: Your family doctor can direct you in finding the appropriate path to the diagnosis and treatment. He/she will take a history and look for inattention, lack of focus, hyperactivity, and other symptoms and decide if psychological testing be done to help in the diagnosis. If the testing shows adhd, then your family doctor may decide to begin treatment or refer you to a child psychiatrist for care. ...Read more

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How to best deal with my child that has adhd?

O dear!! Diet: I have seen hundreds of add/adhd etc. It is invariably induced by the standard american diet (sad) and all the "junk", pop, ice cream. Etrc. Please go to my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. Read the post "sweet and dangerous". This is an affliction of the nervous system that is so common that the U.S. Actually ran out of Ritalin (methylphenidate) some years ago. ...Read more

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What are the best medicines for kids with adhd?

What are the best medicines for kids with adhd?

Depends: The answer is complex, with the age of the child playing a role. There are stimulant medicines (ritalin, etc) and non-stimulant medicines (strattera (atomoxetine), intuniv). For kids who are hyperactive and don't focus, the stimulant class can be very effective. If the child has focus problems and has some minor anxiety, strattera (atomoxetine) is a good choice. Of course, discuss these options with your physician. ...Read more

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Can more music classes help children with adhd?

Can more music classes help children with adhd?

Depends: Adhd kids (ak) do well if they are doing what they want, not necessarily what their parents want. The rigors of practice frequently turn off an ak if they aren't fully committed. If an ak has a musical or artistic ability, & they want to pursue it, then learning art, music, singing or an instrument can be an area where they develop "expertise, " & therefore increase their expectation of success. ...Read more

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How do I know for sure if my child has add/adhd?

How do I know for sure if my child has add/adhd?

Get an opinion: First step is to discuss your child's symptoms with your pediatrician. If she has the cardinal symptoms-inattention, impulsivity, distractibility, disorganization, hyperactivity, academic failure, behavioral problems-then a thorough neurodevelopmental assessment could determine the cause. Your pediatrician can guide you here. Adhd is a significant neurobiological disorder that should be addressed. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a child to grow out of adhd?

Does happen: A good 30% of kids loose the features of this syndrome by adulthood, another subset of kids decide they can manage the symptoms on their own & choose not to deal with the alteration in their thinking/side effects of meds after adolescence. Some will benefit from treatment as adults. ...Read more

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If a child has ADHD can they get a SSI for that?

If a child has ADHD can they get a SSI for that?

Not a medical "? ": Over the years, in my practice I have known of cases that were awarded ssi disability status but the decision process varies from time to time and place to place and attitudes of the investigators vary too. A well documented severe case may be worth an application. Discuss it with your local social security office personnel. ...Read more

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