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Adhd Neurological Disorder
Why do so many doctors diagnose ADHD and other neurological disorders when it's not their speciality? Shouldn't they be referred to a specialist?!
Generally: It is a good idea for other doctors to refer or provide some provisional diagnoses for patients in the mental health arena. Some doctors don't because they do feel comfortable or have had additional training in certain areas. For example a number of pediatricians are further trained in add/adhd management and diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Could be: In-utero neurotrauma/toxicity (oxygen/blood loss, or alcohol/mj/nicotine/drug/virus exposure) short gestation (<39 weeks), birth trauma, concussion, severe head injury, chemotherapy/radiation exposure, infection, poisons (lead, etc), poor nutrition can all worsen inherited adhd or cause a condition similar to adhd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had spinal meningitis at 18 months, and neurological testing at age 4 only indicated adhd, can it give you a susceptibility to migraines and/or pain?
Possible: It is not impossible that the initial insult to your brain with the infection could have triggered the migraine headache disease process. It would be difficult to prove. Many migraine sufferers do not know the real cause of their headache, but know how to treat it. And in some people, the cause can be multifactorial. Finding what triggers a migraine can be almost curative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have there been any recent/ongoing studies on the long term effects (brain structure changes, cognitive, neurological, cardio, etc.) of Adderall use for the treatment of adult adhd? Akin to those studies on ssris and structural changes in the amygdala, la
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, BUT: It is more likely that symptoms of schizoaffective d/o are acting like adhd the diagnosis of adhd requires that the symptoms are not caused by another condition if the DX of schizoaffective disorder is correct in the person you are thinking of, most people with schizoaffective d/o have significant adhd symptoms. Be very careful about stimulant use in schizoaffective d/o. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: additional disorders that may be diagnosed by a neuropsychologist include learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, depression, executive function disorders, language based problems, non verbal learning disabilities. History taken may reveal sleep disorders, inadequate diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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