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Adult Add Without Hyperactivity
Word games: Adhd is a label that implies both attention deficit and hyperactivity, when someone is inattentive in isolation (does happen) it is labeled add, if hyperactivity occurs without inattentiveness, it could be labeled hyperactivity disorder.As a practical feature, hyperactivity impairs focus, and I have never seen it used separately.Some folks have motor overflow habits that i would never label. ...Read more
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
ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Distractibility : Trouble with attention span, organization , feeling overwhelmed as work tasks increase, feeling restless and having trouble sitting through movies and tv shows, trouble retaining info that has been read, forgetting where you placed things, interrupting people mid sentence, being viewed by others as a ditz or a space cadet, not listening when people are talking to you directly, procrastinating, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO CURE: No cure but can be treated and managed with medications and therapy like behavior modification. Many diseases cannot be cured which would mean that it is somehow eradicated from your system. However, you can work on reducing the symptoms with treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: Adhd has a very strong hereditary component. That means that in most cases it tends to run in families. However, in some cases adhd can be the result of injuries to an infant during pregnancy as a result of the use of alcohol or tobacco by the pregnant mother. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
ADHD- Primarily : Hyperactive/Impulsive Type, Primarily Inattentive Type & Combined Type impact academics, peer interaction &/or behavior < age 10. Because attention & memory interface, all types of ADHD impact learning & co-exist with Specific Learning Disorders in Reading, Written Expression & Math ~ 30-35% of the time, but are a different neurodevelopmental disorder than Learning Disorders. See CHADD.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Like +++ coffee: If you don't have adhd, the stimulant will cause irritability, tremors, headache, stomach ache, muscle cramps, insomnia, agitation, & in higher doses hallucinations or hypertension, arrhythmia, or rapid heart rate. In spite of all those, adhd medications are extremely safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that generally ritalin (methylphenidate) helps more for people with ADHD (with hyperactivity), and Adderall helps more for ADHD people without hyperactivity?
ADD was last used in: 1980, having been replaced by ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type in the DSM-IV & DSM V to stress that the underlying neuropathology is the same as that for ADHD-Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive Type seen in some young children & ADHD-Primarily Combined Type commonly seen in school-age children, especially boys. Combined Type often changes to Innattentive Type in late adolescence & adulthood. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
No: Although seem people use caffeine (as pills or in food or drink), no over-the-counter medications have been shown to be effective for treating adhd. Some parents notice that their children are less symptomatic when ill and taking cough syrup, but that is general sedation and illness, not treatment of adhd specifically. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would it be fair to say, with adhd, the childhood physical hyperactivity turns to mentally hyperactive as adults?
The natural course: Of adhd -combined type is that hyperactivity/impulsivity changes to an inner sense of restlessness. Teens & adults may still fidget by tapping/clicking pens, jiggling their legs, or getting up during classes or meetings. With updated neuropsychological testing for diagnosis, medication + cognitive/behavioral therapy + environmental manipulations through ada accommodations are available. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Official Diagnosis: Is adhd with specifier as to combined (inattention and hyperactive/impulsive), predominantly inattentive, or predominantly hyperactive/impulsive. Add is not currently an official diagnosis but many people use it to indicate the predominantly inattentive presentation and some people use it as a shorter way to indicate adhd. Can be confusing. ...Read more
Proper Expert Help: Unfortunately some children are born with immaturities of the brain that may lead to both add(h) and learning disabilities. With proper help, these can generally be dealt with.Schools should provide special needs based teaching, while pediatricians and psych specialists may be able to help with other aspects such as medication and diagnosis. ...Read more
Focus and Alertness: The stimulant medicines primarily work by increasing focus and attention span. This allows people to make better decisions about what needs to be done and what can be left alone. The result is decreased hyperactivity and a better use of activity level. Also, these medicines help to activate parts of the brain that promote alertness and awareness, which helps increase better judgement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They can: Well-designed and applied behavioral therapy is as effective in controlling adhd symptoms as are adhd medications. However, both require ongoing use to maintain efficacy. Adhd is a chronic disorder & no current interventions offer a cure, so be sure to use interventions you can sustain over time. With maturity, children may be able to take over aspects of self-monitoring, but structure is key. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I wish there were: As of now, we do not have a "cure" for add. But medication (stimulants, usually) and behavior retraining, are very effective. Even so, stimulants work for a limited number of hours, only temporarily taking away the symptoms. When they stop working, the brain reverts to add. Despite many myths, there is no evidence that various diets, herbal supplements or other type of intervention, wil help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adult ADD: First, in our over stimulated lives, most of us at times feel we cannot get it all done, and are overwhelmed. I often see this question as a cry for help. True attention deficit diagnoses should be made by a competent mental health provider. The diagnosis usually includes a childhood history of these symptom and/ or treatment for such. Get tested and get some help if it is warranted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Executive Assistant: A practical guide for those who could really use an executive assistant to remind them of important events/tasks, to keep them focused, to keep them on time for things, and to stay organized: "add-friendly ways to organize your life" by judith kolberg. Would be good if assistant were unafraid you'd fire him/her and could tell you when you were interrupting others, appearing disinterested, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See a psychiatrist: Bring your school records (if possible) and any work evaluations, and your significant other(if you have one). Be honest about your substance use, including alcohol and cigarettes. Have your primary care doctor's info with you. Then the doctor will be better able to help you figure it out. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
What is the difference between adult add and the disorganized thinking involved in schizoaffective disorder?
Adult add and extreme dicomfort and body cracking..No pain..Any advice.Ritalin (methylphenidate) does not help dicomfort?
I've been diag with adult add and admitted to research studies at 2 medical schools. I've also been diag with fibromyalgia. Is there a connection?
Www.medscape.org: Young and redmond have proposed that fibromyalgia is more likely to develop in individuals with the predominantly inattentive type of adhd than in patients with other forms of adhd. In an analysis of 45 patients in a fibromyalgia clinic and their chief complaints, these authors found almost 70% fulfilled the criteria for adhd. Our local fibro doc does adhd scales on all her fibro patients. ...Read more
I have started vyvanese for adult add. It is working wonders. I am so calm and less fidgety. I am 55 and healthy. How long can I take this med for?
As long as you: need to-you can take it for years without a problem. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Maybe,maybe not : There are certainly adult add patients. You provided no usable information to comment further. An evaluation by your pcp, neurologist or psychiatrist would be needed to verify or exclude the possibility. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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