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Dr. Sophie Duriez Dr. Duriez
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI) U.F.R. Broussais-Hotel-Dieu
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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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Dr. Rachel Goldstein
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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


Dr. Daniel Maddox Dr. Maddox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
41 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms for adult add?

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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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky Dr. Belilovsky
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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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

Dr. Steven Reidbord Dr. Reidbord
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Ted Anderson Dr. Anderson
Gynecology
24 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Lawrence Smith Dr. Smith
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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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Dr. William Coutts ii Dr. Coutts ii
Family Medicine
22 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Herbert Popolow Dr. Popolow
Clinical Psychology
years in practice
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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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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Christine Forest Dr. Forest
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Institute of Medicine in Timisoara
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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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Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can I be on adderoll for ever, for adult add? Or will I eventually need to stop it?

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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Dr. Ana Adelstein Dr. Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
23 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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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Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Neil Liebowitz Dr. Liebowitz
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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Difficulty reading and concentrating as adult! add?

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