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Almost impossible: It is almost impossible to diagnose adhd in 3-4 year olds as they are in developmental stages that include a lot of activity, low focus and poor ability to sustain attention. These are normal at this age. By age 5 if the child is in school and really having difficulty, there are some screenings that can be done in coordination with the teacher and doctor to see if problem. Make sure sleep is good. ...Read more
Incidence of tics in: Children with adhd is 6-11% prior to meds. Medications can induce tics, but group studies show no increase in kids with adhd on meds. The old warning about stimulants still exists because pharmaceutical companies feel it's not cost-effective to re-do the studies. Peer-reviewed studies show that when children with adhd & tics are given stimulants, 1/3 get better, 1/3 get worse & 1/3 stay the same. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Does focalin (dexmethylphenidate) work better or worse or differently than the other add drugs on kids?
Same: As the drs. Said, it's the right half of the methylphenidate molecule & the dose is 1/2 that of ritalin. Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr's onset is 30 minutes & it lasts ~ 10 hours. Because it releases 1/2 the dose initially & the other 1/2 4 hours later, some kids get "rebound " symptoms late am if they are " rapid metabolizers"& the the first dose wears off before the 2nd kicks in, requiring increasing the dose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should one be looking for autism symptoms in add kids anyway, since there's no fix for the autism part?
Norepinephrine is: The brain chemical whose circulating levels are, essentially, kept where they need to be by non-stimulants in the parts of the brain that inhibit behavior. They work ~65% of the time after building up a blood level & must be given daily. Stimulants keep Dopamine circulating, work 80-90% of the time & wear off daily. Read " straight talk about psychiatric medications for kids" by dr. Tim wilens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: Kids with ADD/ADHD are easily distracted especially in group situations, such as school, home, activities. They may not even hear a complete spoken sentence as a result. So they can appear rude and disruptive. Short-term memory is limited so they forget lots especially if not written down. They get in trouble and become depressed as a result, but can frequently turn it around with treatment. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I'm 38. Read in clinical trials Cymbalta found to add height in kids/teens. Can it also in adults? Feel like I'm standing 3 in, taller since taking it
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Add equals attention deficit and it is widespread in the population. The chief cause is sugar because it causes deficiency of vitamin b1 in particular. Try taking away all forms of sugar. The best way to do that is to get rid of it from the house. Go to my blog "oxygen the spark of life" that youy can google. ...Read more
Increased risk: Add, or adhd (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is not attributable to a single gene like, say, eye color is. Rather it's a multigene issue, plus likely requiring environmental input or trigger to bring it out. So calculating the likelihood of inheriting adhd from 2 parents is rather imprecise, but, we can conclude that it is a substantial risk compared to neither parent having it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Long-term effects: Of stimulants on growth have been studied. With methylphenidate products, a 1/2" & 1/2 lb. & with amphetamines, 1" & 1lb difference from projected ht. & wt. Were seen. Suppressed appetite may occur early on, with the lowest point ~ 3rd mo. Of treatment. I follow bmi instead of ht & wt. The heaviest kids lose the most weight. 5th-85th%ile is normal, 25th-75th%ile is average., 85th-95th% overweight. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When all are ready: Any person who takes a stimulant will focus better. If a family has tried environmental and structural interventions and identified that no other changes in diet, nutrition, or support are beneficial, it is reasonable to do a med trial, or even as a first choice if adequate diagnosis suggests that meds might be helpful-if that is the famioy preference. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a child has been on meds for add, are they able to come off it after a some new study habits are learned; say after a couple years?
I was never diagnosed with add/adha child and I did some research and I feel I have many of the symptoms. What steps can I take to see if I have add?
See your doctor: By definition add/adhd has its onset before age 5. However, some people are able to cope with the symptoms if the condition is mild enough. If your symptoms are bothering you or interfering with your life, I would suggest scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss the options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes, if not treated: The best thing you can do as a parent of an add child is to treat it. The treatment, medication and behavior retraining is effective. So effective, in fact, that often it can erased the handicap and brings the child up to the level of his peers. Not treated, add can scar a child for life. Not sure if your child has add? Get him/her tested. Better safe than sorry! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not all: Not all children with elements of ADHD are going to need medication. Their ability to function appropriately can be enhanced by cognitive behavioral techniques, special education services, managing classroom environment to reduce distractions and counseling to assist parents in management. The use of medication should not be ruled out if these approaches are not successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical interview: The best way to diagnosed add is still a clinical interview with a physician experienced in diagnosing add. Questionaires aren't specific enough to make the diagnosis. There are 2 computerized tests call iva and tova that are administered by specific therapist that can also be helpful in confirming the diagnosis. ...Read more