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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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Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Disorder for sure!: Brain studies show differences between persons w/ & w/o adhd, particularly in the left prefrontal cortex. Nimh demonstrated that the brains of kids w/ adhd are 3-4% smaller than those w/o adhd. There is also evidence of differences in neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine & Dopamine (altho the differences are complicated). Adhd causes problems w/ learning, school performance & behavior. ...Read more

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I have ADHD and I am passing all my classes with outstanding grades why do people say ADHD is a retarded disorder im not dumb and I have a 3.5 gpa ?

I have ADHD and I am passing all my classes with outstanding grades why do people say ADHD is a retarded disorder im not dumb and I have a 3.5 gpa ?

Uninformed people: Some people are very uninformed about adhd, or they would know it has nothing to do with intelligence level or being "retarded." it's possible to be very intelligent and have adhd. Treatment can still help your concentration ; studying a lot, if you have adhd! there are even some gifts associated with being able to notice multiple things in rapid succession -- but the medicines can improve focus. ...Read more

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Do I have ADHD and/or Anxiety Disorder? I am experiencing many symptoms but need help determining the problem!

Do I have ADHD and/or Anxiety Disorder? I am experiencing many symptoms but need help determining the problem!

Not Sure: Hi Lydia, ADHD and Anxiety have a food things in common so I can understand your frustration. Attention, heightened energy level, etc. I would recommend reviewing your symptoms with a health care provider to filter out the differences and come to a proper conclusion. Ultimately we just need more information about the specifics of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there any research about ADHD being a genetic disorder?

Is there any research about ADHD being a genetic disorder?

Studies: There has been considerable amount of research done addressing the hereditary aspect of adhd. The research suggests there is a strong hereditary component. In fact, adhd surpassed bipolar d/o as the #1 hereditary mental disorder research has not isolated a particular gene however. ...Read more

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What's the defining difference between ADHD and a bipolar disorder? And can you be treated for both concurrently?

What's the defining difference between ADHD and a bipolar disorder? And can you be treated for both concurrently?

Integrated Tx: When symptoms of these conditions are seen in one person, they can be very hard (and not necessary) to separate. They can exaggerate each other and what will help can help them all. It's not rare to see this combo and learning to manage life will benefit you in ways that can snowball in a good way - not unlike the bad way you've seen so far. Check my prior answer to your other query. Best! ...Read more

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What's ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

What's ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

Biologic disorder: Adhd is an inherited, neurobiological disorder that effects about 5% of the population. Untreated it leads to increased death (smoking, drug overdose, fatal auto crashes) or significant life impediments. It interferes with learning, socialization, relationships, finances, impulse control, academics, work performance, sleep. See my health files for websites and articles. ...Read more

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How can one cure ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

How can one cure ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

NO CURE: No cure but can be treated and managed with medications and therapy like behavior modification. Many diseases cannot be cured which would mean that it is somehow eradicated from your system. However, you can work on reducing the symptoms with treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

Lots of Information: There is much information available on adhd both for adults and children. I suggest to start by contacting chadd (www.Chadd.Org). Chadd is "children and adults with adhd". ...Read more