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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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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 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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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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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

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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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How is ADHD Test done ?

ADHD is diagnosed by: clinical criteria of 6/9 or > significant symptoms of Inattention +/- Hyperactivity /Impulsivity that caused harmful dysfunction at home & school for 6 mos. or > by age 10, even if ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type was not diagnosed in childhood. There are no biological markers; neuropsychological deficits found in people with ADHD are also found in people with other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. ...Read more

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Could ADHD people drive?

Could ADHD people drive?

Most do: Adhd is not a listed disorder that would disqualify one for a drivers license in most states. ...Read more

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Can ADHD actually exist?

An actual disorder: ADHD is a neurochemical diosrder well researched and validated. It involves a deficiency of brain Dopamine and nor epinephrin. the disorder is over diagnosed so people can be sceptics about the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I need help with my ADHD?

I need help with my ADHD?

ADHD help: Talk to primary care, get a referral to a psychiatric healthcare professional. If there is confusion or question of the presence of the disorder, some testing can help support the diagnosis which can be done by psychologists. Once you have a diagnosis, the gold standard is medication, which has been shown to correct abnormal brain functioning. Again, speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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