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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)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is 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?

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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