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Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Worth to try: It is a safe medication that may help adult adhd especially if the hyperactivity component is present. The prescription dosage needs to be gradually titrated with the blood pressure checked to avoid hypotension. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

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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How would an ADHD child behave with Asperger syndrome?

How would an  ADHD child  behave with Asperger syndrome?

A technical point: adhd symptoms really should be understood to be part and parcel of aspergers. In DSM, it is incorrect to make a second diagnosis of adhd if the child is already on the autism spectrum. Unless the child is so severely adhd that limits function or puts them at risk e.g. climbing so much or running that they injure themselves multiple times per week. ...Read more

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Symptoms of adult ADHD?

Symptoms of adult ADHD?

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 more

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How would a child with ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave?

How would a child with ADHD and Asperger syndrome behave?

Adhd and aspergers: Adhd includes inattention, trouble focusing, hyperactivity, and impulse problems. Aspergers tends to be a social problem laden with anxieties. They can be comorbid. ...Read more

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Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

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 more

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Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Parents with kids with aspergers, autism or tourette's, what to do?

Sek referral to the : Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Evaluation+Services+Child+Development+Unit. The Autism team is affiliated with Autism Speaks: http://www.chp.edu/CHP/autism. They will help you with all aspects of evaluation, treatment & family support services. ...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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Can a gifted child have adhd?

Can a gifted child have adhd?

Yes: Yes, there are many examples of highly talented and successful adults who have adhd--some began as "gifted" children in some areas. It is a disability that requires extra efforts, but it does not necessarily result in disappointing outcomes or unsatisfying lives over the long term. ...Read more

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Can my daughter be an elementary school teacher with adhd, anxiety, and bipolar disorder?

Can my daughter be an elementary school teacher with adhd, anxiety, and bipolar disorder?

Yes: As long as she keeps her symptoms controlled with medication and therapy. I have a number of. Such patients who are functioning we'll in that role. ...Read more

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Are gifted kids oftentimes misdiagnosed with adhd? Do they show symptoms/characteristics similar to kids with adhd?

Are gifted kids oftentimes misdiagnosed with adhd? Do they show symptoms/characteristics similar to kids with adhd?

Yes: It happens from time to time. If a 'gifted' child becomes bored or understimulated, they can become active and even over active to get the necessary level of stimulation. This is usually not the case however. ...Read more

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Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in both children and adults?

Yes: These medications are effective in both adults & children. It makes sense to have a comprehensive treatment approach that also involves cognitive behavioral therapy as well as other modalities like mindfulness meditation. ...Read more

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Can people with ADHD have kids?

Can people with ADHD have kids?

Yes: Adhd affects the brain, but does not prevent the person from having children. The opposite can happen, because of less ability for impulse control and other adhd problems, leading an adhd person to create more pregnancies (as a consequence of poor planning or poor impulse control). Adhd runs in some families, so children may inherit adhd from parents. ...Read more

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Can an adult with asperger's syndrome ever be misdiagnosed with OCD instead?

Definitely: This happens less often now because of increased awareness of as. But, many teens and adults with as end up seeing doctors not because of the social problems but because of severe, impairing obsessions and repetitive behaviors. Those not familar with as well may focus just on those symptoms. Fortunately, the treatment is the same with or without as. ...Read more

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What are signs of adult ADHD or adult add?

What are signs of adult ADHD or adult add?

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 more

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Help docs, is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in children and adults?

Help docs, is intuniv or kapvay effective in treating ADHD in children and adults?

Both are indicated.: Intuniv is long acting Tenex (guanfacine) and Kapvay is long acting clonidine. Both are alpha-2 agonists and decrease the Norepinephrine drive. The effect therefore is to calm. Both can be effective, however, of the two, the clonidine molecule has a greater propensity towards sedation. Discuss with your doctor further please. Take care. ...Read more

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Do people have better luck with concerta or strattera (atomoxetine) for ADHD children?

Do people have better luck with concerta or strattera (atomoxetine) for ADHD children?

Depends: The stimulants which include Concerta are still the gold standard of treatment for adhd. Strattera (atomoxetine) is effective but may not be for all patients. There is a subset of patients who for one reason or another are not candidates for stimulant tratment and may benefit from strattera (atomoxetine) and other non stimulants. ...Read more

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Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...Read more

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