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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?!

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 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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Is ADHD related to neurological damage?

Is ADHD related to neurological damage?

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 more

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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?

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 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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What disorder is worse than ADHD ?

What disorder is worse than ADHD ?

Thousands of them: There are thousands of disorders worse than adhd. A patient can keep in touch with his doctor(s), adjust doses and medications to fine tune his therapy, and get help in making life or career choices that fit his style of brain function. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have schizoaffective disorder and adhd?

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 more

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What other disorders can ADHD tests test for?

What other disorders can ADHD tests test for?

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 more

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Do those who have adhd/add often suffer from other mental disorders?

Do those who have adhd/add often suffer from other mental disorders?

Yes: They may or may not. They could have anxiety or mood disorders. Substance abuse disorders or personality disorders or it could be an isolated diagnosis. ...Read more

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