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Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

Possibly: Many conditions may mimic adhd. Discuss with your pediatrician. Sleep disorders may respond to melatonin, dietary issues may respond to otc medications and dietary supplements. Caffiene's stimulant property can be helpful but can have problems with managing doseage and is short acting. ...Read more

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Adults (Definition)

Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity begins in childhood and may continue through adulthood. Symptoms are similar: poor attention span, impulsivity and hyperactivity which is disruptive to others. Adults who present for a diagnosis must meet criteria for ADD in childhood which a careful history will support. Medical causes for symptoms ...Read more


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Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? .

Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? 

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1) No. 2) Yes: Adhd-primarily inattentive type (ia) replaced add as a diagnosis when research showed that the underlying neurobiological & neurochemical bases were the same as for adhd-combined type, which has significant symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity.Adhd-ia is the most common type but c (or h/i in preschoolers) is more commonly referred. Ia is related to academic difficulties. ...Read more

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Are adult add and ADHD tests requested by a psychatrist expensive or no ?

Are adult add and ADHD tests requested by a psychatrist expensive or no ?

Ask!: Ask the psychiatrist how much therapy, testing, and other interventions will cost. It may be less expensive than the consequences of living with untreated adhd. ...Read more

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How does a doctor test for ADHD on older adults?

How does a doctor test for ADHD on older adults?

ADD is testable : We look for symptoms & signs consistent with add. These include disorganization, poor interpersonal relationships, financial mismanagement, procrastination, disrupted executive cortical management, poor attention, impulsivity, interpersonal relationship problems, drug abuse, poor employment performance; among many others. We test for these signs in the exam. ...Read more

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How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

How accurate are adult ADHD tests?

Not determinative: No add "test" is determinative, either for kids or adults. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

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I think i'm add. What are the symptoms of add in adults...

I think i'm add. What are the symptoms of add in adults...

Adult ADD: symptoms may include:poor organizational skills (home, office, desk, or car is extremely messy and cluttered),tendency to procrastinate, trouble starting and finishing projects, chronic lateness, frequently forgetting appointments, commitments, and deadlines, constantly losing or misplacing things (keys, wallet, phone, documents, bills), underestimating the time it will take you to complete tasks ...Read more

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Can you test a child's blood sugar with an adult meter?

Can you test a child's blood sugar with an adult meter?

Yes you can: There is no such thing as "pediatric glucometer", however there is some that require less blood than others making it more suitable for testing in children. Before you pursue bs checks of your child, talk with his or her physician as why and what to expect from checking bs. If your child is a diabetic, then of course any recognized brand meter will do the job(verify the test strips are not expired. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for aspergers syndrome in an adult, say 25-30 years old?

What are the symptoms for aspergers syndrome in an adult, say 25-30 years old?

Social Skills: A problem in everyday reciprocal social interactions that harmfully impacts functioning @ work & home. Poor conversational skills; monitone speech. Trouble understanding that (not why) other people may not think what you think, feel how you feel, or want to do what you want, because of lack of theory of mind. Not knowing what to do to make others think better of you. May have anxiety/depression. ...Read more

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How do you test for partial seizures/seizures? Is it accurate? Would a brain CT reveal a answer? Noticed symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder symptoms

How do you test for partial seizures/seizures?  Is it accurate? Would a brain CT reveal a answer? Noticed symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder symptoms

Excellent question: To identify partial seizures, whether simple or complex, we need to catch them on an EEG, an electroencephalograph - video 72 hr telemetry. 1-hr EEGs are close to useless. A CT/MRI/PET may identify a lesion responsible for the seizure activity, or other pathology associated with seizure disorders. If you need EEG, ask if the doc wants to wean you off of the benzo which blunts seizure activity. ...Read more

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Does gingko help improve symptoms of ADHD inattentive type?

Does gingko help improve symptoms of ADHD inattentive type?

No: No evidence of consequence exists that ginko helps add of any type. Do not waste your money. ...Read more

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Do you recommend that individuals (8 year old boy) taking strattera (atomoxetine) have occasional blood tests to check liver functioning?

Do you recommend that individuals (8 year old boy) taking strattera (atomoxetine) have occasional blood tests to check liver functioning?

Generally not: Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause liver injury in some patients. Call your doctor right away if your child has the following signs of liver problems: itching, right upper belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes, unexplained flu-like symptoms. Blood test unnecessary unless doctor suspects problem. ...Read more

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Should you have heart tests before starting ADHD stimulant medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

Should you have heart tests before starting ADHD stimulant medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

Not typically: Testing is not typically done in an otherwise healthy, young individual. If there is history of heart disease or symptoms suggestive of heart disease, then testing would be considered. ...Read more

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If one gets prescribed Modafinil (for a sleep disorder) what are the chances that his ADHD symptoms would improve too?

If one gets prescribed Modafinil (for a sleep disorder) what are the chances that his ADHD symptoms would improve too?

Quite good!: This sounds like a winner! Two birds with one stone and less side effects. There still are side effects to watch for and report to your Dr immediately, but be optimistic and I hope you do well. Always consider adding some CBT therapy to optimize medication effects. Learning how to make use of the medicine effects enhances them. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Please explain what are the symptoms where a person should be given medication for adult attention hyperactive disorder instead of taking a high dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Please explain what are the symptoms where a person should be given medication for adult attention hyperactive disorder instead of taking a high dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Actually a formal : Psychiatric evaluation will help to determine if the person has some form of an anxiety disorder or (and) if there is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When both diagnoses are present, the prescriber needs to carefully determine which medication (s) are indicated ; it what order. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms or signs that a child who is 8 have adhd, add, and odd, i've done research, signs are correct, but no one will help!

What are the symptoms or signs that a child who is 8 have adhd, add, and odd, i've done research, signs are correct, but no one will help!

Find a Dr who treats: There should not be much difficulty finding someone to treat an 8 year old. Especially if the symptoms are all classic. There are many different treatments and different treatments work better for different patients. Try to get a doctor recommendation from friends or possibly someone at the school may know a doctor who treats a lot of patients that could give you a name. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of undiagnosed add or adhd?

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What are the symptoms of undiagnosed add or adhd?

Add?: Organizational skills lagging behind, misplacing things, cannot finish tasks, feel overwhelmed, impulsive, easily frustrated, are few of daily struggles. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for increase in height in an adult over age 35? No other real symptoms and no symptoms for acromegaly.

Differential diagnosis for increase in height in an adult over age 35? No other real symptoms and no symptoms for acromegaly.

It would be: vanishingly rare for an adult to have an significant increase in height. Most likely one of the measurements was incorrect. If concerned, check w/your doctor. Acromegaly doesn't increase height, just other bone formation. ...Read more

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Can GERD/Anxiety mimic Low Blood Sugar? Have GAD and GERD, get symptoms like LBS, but all tests are between 78 - 120 with a rare low fasting reading.

Can GERD/Anxiety mimic Low Blood Sugar? Have GAD and GERD, get symptoms like LBS, but all tests are between 78 - 120 with a rare low fasting reading.

Hypoglycemia: Anxiety can certainly mimic low blood sugar, making you shake and feel tired and sometimes "wired" as well. Talk to your doctor about medications that would help anxiety, as the readings between 78-120 shouldn't cause any symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adult add?

What are the symptoms of adult add?

A life time history: Of distractibility, inattention, forgetfulness, time mismanagement, procrastination, day dreaming, disorganization, resulting in academic underachievement and later trouble at work. History of break-ups of romantic relationships is frequent. Girls r more "inattentive type" & boys more "hyperactive" in childhood. Often adhd condition runs in families & substance abuse history may co-exist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for adult add?

Highly Variable!: Usually the symptoms relate to ability to concentrate for sustained periods. This can erode productivity. It is unusual for the pattern to emerge after age 40. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adult add in a 57 yr old male?

What are the symptoms of  adult add in a 57 yr old male?

Confusion: Major problem is focusing on tasks ; organizing them hierarchically. Getting to sleep is difficult because of racing ; anxious thoughts. Many have been given Ritalin (methylphenidate) as school children. In california legions of people with this problem have been dramatically benefitted by medicinal cannabis, which helps easy restful sleep, ablility to wake ; organize a day, ; to perform executive functions. ...Read more

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Is messiness and disorganization of one's home symptoms of adult add?

Yes. However:: Differential diagnosis includes being lazy, being busy, having kids, having houseguests, recent tornadoes, recent earthquakes, and impending deadlines. ...Read more

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How common is it for messiness and disorganization of one's home, to be symptoms of adult add?

It is pretty common: However it can also be a symptom of ocd . Many people do not realize that some people keep piles of things as part of ocd. It's the opposite of neat cleanly habits of ocd. ...Read more

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How is 'adult add ' diagnosed? I went to a local psychiatrist today for the first time. I've had symptoms most of my life; he didn't diagnosis or treat me.

How is 'adult add ' diagnosed?  I went to a local psychiatrist today for the first time. I've had symptoms most of my life; he didn't diagnosis or treat me.

Ask the evaluator: It's possible he didn't think you have adhd. According to dsm-4 (official diagnostic manual) you'd need to have signs of it by age 7. If you didn't have it in childhood, it's not adhd. It's also possible he needs more data from you or others to make the diagnosis. In my opinion, he owes you an explanation of his thinking in any case. Psychiatry shouldn't be mysterious. ...Read more

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Are adult add and ADHD tests requested by a psychatrist expensive or no ?

Ask!: Ask the psychiatrist how much therapy, testing, and other interventions will cost. It may be less expensive than the consequences of living with untreated adhd. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adult add and adhd? I feel that this may have been my my problem for a long time. I want to get tested soon.

What are the symptoms of adult add and adhd? I feel that this may have been my my problem for a long time. I want to get tested soon.

No basic test: The DX of adhd relies on evaluation and observational, objective data, for example, from teachers, parents, others. Some insurance plans pay for the psychological testing that might be needed, but, again, observations and records from childhood are often helpful in determining the proper diagnosis. Save money by finding a doctor who works with your insurance, & gathering school records yourself. ...Read more

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Is a neuropsychological test necessary to receive treatment for adult add?

Proper eval a must: Such things as inadequate restorative sleep, poor diet, other medical conditions and anxiety all present problems of focus, a proper evaluation is needed.Some of the meds used are controlled (restricted drugs) for which your doc must show just reason for use or risk loss of license. Some docs are less concerned with testing and will just give you something and hope it helps....poor care. ...Read more

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I have adult ADD and haven't been taken my medication for a long one I was just wondering if a sign or symptom of ADD was not neon able to keep a job?

I have adult ADD and haven't been taken my medication for a long one I was just wondering if a sign or symptom of ADD was not neon able to keep a job?

Yes it is a sign.: ADD is a very challenging condition. Without your medication, probably have significant difficulty completing your tasks at any job. I encourage you to seek further psychiatric evaluation and get back on your medication. Not keeping a steady job is stressful, emotionally, financially and eventually physically. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Is adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) helpful for adult add/add? If so, how does one manage the dry mouth symptoms?

Is adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) helpful for adult add/add?  If so, how does one manage the dry mouth symptoms?

Long-acting stimu-: lants are effective for adults with a valid diagnosis of ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type, which requires that significant symptoms of inattention caused harmful dysfunction at home & school for at least 6 mos. by age 10 years. Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR decreases sedative effects of Trazadone & Ativan, which interact to decrease concentration & motor skills. Thus, "ADHD" symptom-onset is vital for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have adult add?

How can I find out if I have adult add?

Diagnosis: See a psychiatrist or psychologist for a psychological assessment. The doctor may conduct a thorough interview and provide some simple questionaires for you, your family, and fellow workers. The doctor may also give you some psychological tests, some of which may be computerized. ...Read more

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What place to get treated for adult add?

Talk with your PCP: You need to start with your pcp/doc to see what services they provide or which providers do so locally.This can vary by location, with some neurologists, psychiatrists or family docs involved depending on the circumstances. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between hoarding and adult add?

Sometimes.: Most often hoarding is a symptom of an obsessive compulsive disorder but may be associated with attention deficit disorder (to a much smaller extent). ...Read more

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Have scientists found ways to treat adult add besides medication?

Retraining: If your add is moderate or severe, you can't manage it without medication. Behavior retraining is effective. It is about learning better skills in time management, using the calendar to track events and appointments, organize your tasks by priority, prevent procrastination by scheduling "soft" deadlines a day or two before the real deadline--techniques that should be tailored to your needs. ...Read more

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Can I be on adderoll for ever, for adult add? Or will I eventually need to stop it?

If you need it, yes: A recent study of thousands of adult patients with adhd showed that Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & other stimulants were safe to use for long periods, & that there were no cardiac or cardiovascular consequences to their long term use. The limiting factor for use is whether or not it is still needed. This needs to be assessed by you & your doctor. About 65% of adhd children persist into adulthood. Reference next. ...Read more

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I have "severe adult add." i try but i never get/stay organized, so i'm always spinning my wheels. The harder itry, the worse i get. Are there any strategies for dealing withit?

I have "severe adult add." i try but i never get/stay organized, so i'm always spinning my wheels. The harder itry, the worse i get. Are there any strategies for dealing withit?

Work-Arounds, Coach: Find work-arounds 4 how it limits u so u can counteract the problems it creates in ur life...The ways it hurts u/others, the things that keep u from feeling successful/having satisfying relationships, etc. Having adhd is like having a personal assistant who forgets 2remind u of things, loses track of time, interrupts u when ur speaking, etc. Donald trump would fire! work w/adhd specialist/coach. ...Read more

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What treatment options are there for adult add?

Quite a few: There is not enough space to answer here, so I am referring you to a comprehensive, but not overly technical website that covers this. Please go to: www.Webmd.Com/.../adult-adhd-getting-right-treatment-you adult adhd can affect every part of your life. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options. Find out which ones might work best for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Difficulty reading and concentrating as adult! add?

Adult add: People don't develop add as adults. It should be present from childhood. Symptoms of add could be due to multiple causes including: sleep disorder as apnea, medication side effects, depression, anxiety, neurologic condition. Have an evaluation. ...Read more