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Adhd Test In Children
How is ADHD diagnosed in children? How are kids diagnosed with adhd? Is there a test or screening that can tell me for sure if my child has it?
Exclusion first: Before you diagnose adhd you must exclude a long list of other problems. The screening test is here http://www.Adhdoractivechild.Com/adhd-test but excluding the other problems that can look like adhd is an entirely different story. What are your child's symptoms? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nope: Adhd is an inherited neurobiologic disorder affecting frontal lobe function worsened by intrauterine neurotrauma/alcohol/ nicotine exposure. Mri studies have shown it to exist. In fact if it goes untreated, the person's brain will never grow to normal size.See health my files on adhd or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/complete-index.Shtml. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: All people show signs of anything, if you extend the definition widely enough. But adhd kids have a pervasive, chronic deficiency of executive brain function. The problem is there almost all the time. If a normal child forgets her homework one day, or is impulsive another, then they are still normal, and would not meet the clinical or neurological criteria for adhd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In a small number of: Children with adhd there is an allergic or pharmacologically mediated behavior change on exposure to some dyes (e.g., tartrazine, quinolineyellow, sunset yellow, carmoisine, ponceau 4r, & allura red ) & sodium benzoate added to foods & medicines. If a child is allergic to certain foods or dyes & behavior changes can be seen with exposure, an elimination diet is worthwhile. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes they can: Although many adhd children are not aggressive, their impulsivity and high levels of physical activity can set them up for situations in which they or others become upset, leading to aggression. In toddlers with adhd, the most common cause of referrals in aggression in the preschool setting. Older children may be teased and scapegoated, which may to anger and aggression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Like many things the answer is situational.1st, the diagnosis has to be properly made.Then a plan has to be generated on how to deal with the problem and it's consequences.Medication is often necessary, but should be a last resort, after other approaches fail.Currently there is no data to support overmedication, but it may be true. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on variables: I look at it like providing a crutch to a kid with a broken leg. With it s/he can get more done/without not so much.There are side effects to any med but the dose and form can be changed to fit the kids needs.Medicated add kids have a lower risk of incarceration and eventual drug use, for reasons unknown. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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