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Is ADHD a real disease?

Is ADHD a real disease?

Yes: Changes in brain structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd in peer-reviewed studies have validated the diagnosis of adhd as a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms that can impact learning, peer interaction and behavior over a person's lifespan. CHADD. Org is a good resource for learning about ADHD diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with ADHD at all ages. ...Read more

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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How does ADHD medicine affect my mood?

How does ADHD medicine affect my mood?

ADHD & mood: Depends on the type of adhd medication, for example, stimulants such as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) raise the mood & improves alertness, but can trigger anxiety in ones predisposed to anxiety. Some other medications for adhd such as Clonidine can blunt affect & cause sedation. ...Read more

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Melatonin for ADHD kids. How much beneficial is it? To slow them down from hyperactivity symptom?

Melatonin for ADHD kids. How much beneficial is it? To slow them down from hyperactivity symptom?

For sleep: Melatonin is helpful for some people who have difficulty falling asleep. Children with ADHD often have sleep difficulties, but shouldn't be considered therapeutic for daytime ADHD symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms ADHD in a 3year old child?

What are the symptoms ADHD in a 3year old child?

Same: The symptoms of adhd are the same, innatention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, however diagnosing a three year old with adhd raises some eyebrows, symptoms could be severe enough that might merit a diagnosis, but see a behavioral psychologist or a developmental pediatrician, before someone talks you into medications. ...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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Young adult, previous Childhood ADHD diagnosis. Finding old Dx. Documents=tricky. How to get new prescription in US? (Arrived on touristVisa& nowstaying>9months)?

Young adult, previous Childhood ADHD diagnosis. Finding old Dx. Documents=tricky. How to get new prescription in US? (Arrived on touristVisa& nowstaying>9months)?

See a primary care: Provider on your insurance list for referral to a psychiatrist. Many family medicine doctors are well-versed in & comfortable evaluating & treating adult ADHD. Call the County Medical Society to obtain the names of 3 family medicine doctors. Call their offices & ask if they evaluate & treat adult ADHD. ...Read more

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Is ADHD a real disease?

Yes: Changes in brain structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd in peer-reviewed studies have validated the diagnosis of adhd as a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms that can impact learning, peer interaction and behavior over a person's lifespan. CHADD. Org is a good resource for learning about ADHD diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with ADHD at all ages. ...Read more

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Been having problems for years I'm 18 now and thought about me having adhd (inattentive case) I took a ADHD test and got 92/120 what should I do?

Been having problems for years I'm 18 now and thought about me having adhd (inattentive case) I took a ADHD test and got 92/120 what should I do?

See expert: The questionnaire type of instrument is a screening test only. See your doctor for a definitive diagnosis, or referral to an expert who deals with this problem. ...Read more

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Do the tests for ADHD include adults?

Do the tests for ADHD include adults?

Yes, tests exist but: No one "test" is determinative. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have adhd? I have a very low attention span, and can't concentrate while studying. I'm currently on medication for ocd.

How do you know if you have adhd? I have a very low attention span, and can't concentrate while studying. I'm currently on medication for ocd.

We're Trained 2 Help: Quizzes don't cut it. Diagnosing adhd requires assessing symptoms & their history and ruling out other disorders. You see adhd behavioral symptoms overlap widely w/those of other disorders -e.g., anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Also, someone may be diagnosed wadhd & other disorder (s). See psychiatrist or clinical psychologist 4 good assessment. We spend yrs training 4 this. ...Read more

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What causes adhd?

What causes adhd?

Not Known: Although there is clearly a genetic component to add/adhd the cause is truly unknown at this time. There are conditions that mimic, but the true causes need to be determined. ...Read more

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What does "inhibitory volition" mean adhd?

What does "inhibitory volition" mean adhd?

Poor Impulse Control: Inhibitory volition is a fancy term for poor impulse control. People with adhd tend to have poor impulse control or deficits in inhibitory volition. ...Read more

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Do kids with ADHD always need medication? Do children always need medication to treat adhd, or are there other options? .

Do kids with ADHD always need medication? Do children always need medication to treat adhd, or are there other options? .

ADHD: Adhd is not always treated with medications. There are programs that are behaviorally based as well. ...Read more

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What percentage of kids are mentally gifted? How many kids are treated with ADHD actually are gifted?

What percentage of kids are mentally gifted? How many kids are treated with ADHD actually are gifted?

No relationship.: "gifted" refers to performance on standardized IQ testing, which is designed so that "average" is an IQ of 100 and, depending on your definition, 1 to 3.5 percent are in the highly superior range. Individuals with adhd, on average, are not more likely to be intellectually gifted than those without adhd. But, when matched for iq, those with adhd may perform less well. ...Read more

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What natural or alternative remedies have you had success in treating ADHD for your child?

What natural or alternative remedies have you had success in treating ADHD for your child?

Not scientific: Most "natural" remedies for adhd have not been proven by scientific research. The medications (stimulants and non-stimulants) have been studied for decades and are proven to be effective and safe. There will always be someone who will tell you "my child got better on x", but that is not evidence- that is just anecdotal (a story). Talk to your own doctor for the best treatment for your child. ...Read more

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What is the most common way to get treatment for adhd?

What is the most common way to get treatment for adhd?

ADHD: Thorough workup & evaluation by pediatrician (if child) or pcp (if adult), then referral to mental health counselor for therapy & psychiatrist for medication evaluation. All those disciplines work together as a team. ...Read more

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Are there any effective, natural treatments for child adhd?

Are there any effective, natural treatments for child adhd?

Controversial: Few natural treatments get subjected to rigors of clinical trials, so claims can be quite controversial and most mainstream advocacy groups such as chadd. Org discuss some of the reservations at great length. Traditional stimulants are effective in majority of the cases, and the risks of exploring less rigorously studied approaches need to weigh safety vs risk of continued school or behavior probs. ...Read more

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Can listening to music help cure ADHD or at least help it?

Can listening to music help cure ADHD or at least help it?

It may: You are right. It may help but not cure. There is such a thing called 'zoning' adhd patients have a tendency to 'zero in' when they are doing a task that is interesting or something that moves really fast. Video games, for e.g. Problem is, you neglect everything else. Besides, when the music track changes, you may lose attention and move on to something else that grabs your attention. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of adhd?

What is the best way to get rid of adhd?

Can't: You can't get rid of adhd, but you could control the symptoms, improve quality of life and minimize sequelae and side effects. A through, comphehensive evaluation by an experienced well trained professional is the starting point. Medication, behavioral intervention and parent skill training are treatments of choice. Neurofeedback, school intervention, helpful, other modalities not enough data or unproven. ...Read more

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Some people suggest that children taking drugs for ADHD become zombies. Should I worry?

ZOMBIES!!!: Well, not really, although some children show significant changes in mood and affect, this is not always the case. Proper titration of meds, and close monitoring is important. Asking parents, teachers and specially the child about behavior and how they feel could help curtail the side effects. Do not make any med changes without consulting your md, and inform him/her if any supplements are been used. ...Read more

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Do ADHD tablets really prevent you from putting on weight?

Do ADHD tablets really prevent you from putting on weight?

Stimulants: Stimulants are one type of medication used to treat adhd that can suppress appetite. ...Read more

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Do people grow out of adhd? If my daughter has ADHD as a child, will she always have it, or will it go away as she gets older? .

Do people grow out of adhd? If my daughter has ADHD as a child, will she always have it, or will it go away as she gets older? .

Possibly: About 50% of children "grow out" of adhd. Many very successful people have adhd, so the most important thing is for your daughter to get professional help [psychiatrist or psychologist], and if her school work is suffering, to see if she needs extra help in school [speak with the school guidance counselor who can guide you]. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Is add/adhd is mostly genetic.?

Is add/adhd is mostly genetic.?

Yes: Most cases of ADHD in children are inherited. There are environmental factors that can contribute. Too little sleep, inadequate diet are contributions.
Brain injury and brain infections can also cause symptoms of ADHD ...Read more

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Does ADHD medication increase the risk of suicide in young children?

Does ADHD medication increase the risk of suicide in young children?

No: None of the standard medications for adhd are associated with suicidality in young children. Atomoxetine (strattera) has been associated with a slight increase in suicidation in adolescents and adults, however. Any time a new medication is started the parents or the patient should be in close contact with the doctor, communicating any concern that arises. ...Read more

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Is there any special kind of food that children with ADHD should avoid?

Is there any special kind of food that children with ADHD should avoid?

Stimulant beverages: Any beverage with stimulants such as coffee, soda, energy drinks or tea can worsen adhd symptoms. Also the consumption of chocolate can worsen adhd symptoms & increase adverse effects from medications. Some adhd kids can absorb 2-phenylethylamine from chocolate. This is a psychoactive monoamine alkaloid that mimics the effect of Cocaine on the brain. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/206912. ...Read more

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What is adhd?

What is adhd?

ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a problem where the chemicals in the brain are out of balance. Simply put, the body tries to compensate for the deficit by constant movement, impulsive behavior and rapidly shifting from one thought to another and allowing distractions to change the flow of thoughts. Stimulants (adderall, etc) regulate the chemicals in the brain enabling better focus. ...Read more

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What causes adhd?

Not Known: Although there is clearly a genetic component to add/adhd the cause is truly unknown at this time. There are conditions that mimic, but the true causes need to be determined. ...Read more

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Can you outgrow adhd?

Can you outgrow adhd?

Sometimes: Statistically, about 1/3 of those with adhd "outgrow" it, about 1/3 see significant improvement but continue to have some residual symptoms and impairment, and about 1/3 continue to have full-blown adhd. The hyperactivity part improves more often and more predictably than the inattentive part. Learning effective coping skill is key. ...Read more

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Tips on managing ADHD?

ADHD: Best to be followed by a Medical Professional skilled and experienced in managing ADHD
In general avoiding alcohol and illicit drugs
Eating a balanced diet
Exercising at least 45 minutes each day
Do not smoke
Avoid excess caffeine and other stimulants
Get sufficient rest
Avoid stress
Engage in leisure time activities ...Read more

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