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Is add/adhd hereditary?

Is add/adhd hereditary?

Yes: Adhd is highly hereditable. The incidence of adhd is about 5% of population. Identical twins have a concordance of >80% (if one twin has adhd, it's >80% likely the other will). Full blood siblings have a rate of 35%, parent to child rate is 20%, if both parents are adhd, the child rate is closer to 50%. Faraone sv, biederman j, milberger s. An exploratory study of adhd among second-degree relative. ...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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What are the signs of add/adhd?

What are the signs of add/adhd?

Depends on age: The younger the child, the more hyperactivity and impulsivity will predominate. The older the person, the more distractibility, disorganization, communication problems, and underachievement will predominate. Also, the severity of these symptoms is important, not just their presence. ...Read more

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Are there any positive to having add/adhd?

Are there any positive to having add/adhd?

Yes: The same genes that cause adhd also cause entrepreneurship. Their high energy funneled in productive areas give a tremendous advantage over the non-adhd. Moreover, they are out of the box thinkers. But they need to be following their passion or else they become inattentive and often in trouble. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have dislexia/add/adhd?

Is it possible that I have dislexia/add/adhd?

Yes: You should have an evaluation. Start with your primary care doctor to rule out medical problems causing your symptoms. Have a neuropsychological assessment which should lead you toward appropriate management. ...Read more

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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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What are the tests like to see if you are add/adhd?

What are the tests like to see if you are add/adhd?

Surveys: It often starts with forms that ask questions about problems with attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity (core ahd symptoms). Most ask you to rate each symptom (1-4 or 5), to get an idea of severity. Usually you give forms to people from different environments (home, work, school) since part of the criteria is that the symptoms occur in at least 2 places. Then you discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: add/adhd?

What is the definition or description of: add/adhd?

Simple description: Adhd is a clinical disorder which research has supported is a dysfunction of the pre-frontal cortex of the brain; the brain's 'filter'. Patient's have trouble filtering incoming data. Difficulty in three areas: 1 - prioritizing incoming information/ paying attention, 2 - regulating physical reactions and impulses and 3- regulating emotional impulses and reactions. ...Read more

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Do you think I should I consider add/adhd medication?

Get evaluated fot: Adhd by a psychologist or psychiatrist and then decide whether medication is indicated ...Read more

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Don't all children occasionally show signs of add/adhd?

Don't all children occasionally show signs of add/adhd?

No: All people show signs of anything, if you extend the definition widely enough. But adhd kids have a pervasive, chronic deficiency of executive brain function. The problem is there almost all the time. If a normal child forgets her homework one day, or is impulsive another, then they are still normal, and would not meet the clinical or neurological criteria for adhd. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are all the synthoms of add adhd?

Could you tell me what are all the synthoms of add adhd?

Constellation: Short attention span, easy distractibility, difficulty focusing and completing tasks, restlessness, and difficulty in noisy environments. Poor organizational skills, poor executive skills and easy frustration. ...Read more

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What should you do once you have selfdiagnosed yourself with add/adhd?

What should you do once you have selfdiagnosed yourself with add/adhd?

Get evaluation: You should have a formal evalaution. Start with your primary care doctor. If nothing is found that may mimic aDHD symptoms get a neuropsychological evaluation. Adult ADD usually grows out of childhood ADD. If you did not have ADD as a child, have not had a brain injury or brain infection, it is unlikely you have ADD. There are many conditions that mimic symptoms of ADD. ...Read more

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I'm not sure how to bring up the topic of ADD/ADHD and medication for the condition. I was wondering if someone could give me some advice on doing so!

I'm not sure how to bring up the topic of ADD/ADHD and medication for the condition. I was wondering if someone could give me some advice on doing so!

Be honest and open: I am not a ADD specialist but I am a neurologist who has had shares of my discussion with patient with ADD/ADHD. There are clinical criteria ones need to made in order to meet the diagnosis. just be honest with your physician and make sure it is the correct diagnosis. there are several options for the condition. honesty is the best policy ...Read more

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Could you potentially have OCD and add/adhd?

Yes: Unfortunately, some folks can suffer from both of these maladies. But with proper therapy, they can be helped. ...Read more

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I have add/ADHD: which meds work?

Medications for ADHD: -Primarily Inattentive Type include various delivery systems of stimulants, methylphenidate & amphetamine & long-acting non-stimulants, Strattera, (atomoxetine) Intuniv & Kapvay. After medical clearance & psychiatric evaluation, treatment options will be based on your schedule, comorbid conditions & prior med. history. Initial low doses are titrated to optimal effect by "teaming" with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have add/adhd?

ADD: If you have a sympathetic doctor you should ask. If not there are some online surveys that you can take that will give you a clue. Once you have that in hand you might look for a physician. It is a controversial diagnosis but I do think it exists but should not only be treated with medication but with psychotherapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do brains with add/adhd function?

How do brains with add/adhd function?

Just fine: They function just fine, if it is something they are interested in. If not interested, then they become bored easily and lose focus. The problem with adhd is how to get them to be interested in the boring things of life. Until then, we rely on medications and other techniques to get through life. ...Read more

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Do you always need medication for add/adhd?

Do you always need medication for add/adhd?

Not always: Some people with ADHD find that vigorous exercise helps, especially if one starts the day with an hour of aerobic activity. Activities designed to help focus can also mitigate symptoms. Yoga, for example. ...Read more

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What are effective medications for add/adhd?

Methylphenidate &: amphetamine, stimulant medications, manage symptoms of ADHD effectively in 80-90% of patients. The non-stimulant medications atomoxetine, guanfacine & clonodine are effective in ~ 65% of patients with ADHD. Some patients require both types of medications. See CHADD.org. for information & support. Behavioral therapy & environmental manipulations are also necessary components of optimal management. ...Read more

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What are some good online tests for add/adhd?

What are some good online tests for add/adhd?

None: Adhd is a clinical diagnosis. There is no test for this disorder, not online, not in the doctor's office. ...Read more

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I think i may have add/adhd. What should I do?

Make the best of it: We all have strengths and weaknesses. In some scenarios, adhd is a strength. When properly organized, can multitask better than others, put things together mechanically better, see the 'big picture' better. www.additudemag.com is a great resource. Talk with your doctor if medication is right for you. ...Read more

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