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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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What is adhd?

What is adhd?

ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a problem where the chemicals in the brain are out of balance. Simply put, the body tries to compensate for the deficit by constant movement, impulsive behavior and rapidly shifting from one thought to another and allowing distractions to change the flow of thoughts. Stimulants (adderall, etc) regulate the chemicals in the brain enabling better focus. ...Read more

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What causes adhd?

What causes adhd?

Not Known: Although there is clearly a genetic component to add/adhd the cause is truly unknown at this time. There are conditions that mimic , but the true causes need to be determined. ...Read more

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Can you outgrow adhd?

Can you outgrow adhd?

Sometimes: Statistically, about 1/3 of those with adhd "outgrow" it, about 1/3 see significant improvement but continue to have some residual symptoms and impairment, and about 1/3 continue to have full-blown adhd. The hyperactivity part improves more often and more predictably than the inattentive part. Learning effective coping skill is key. ...Read more

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Tips on managing ADHD?

ADHD: Best to be followed by a Medical Professional skilled and experienced in managing ADHD In general avoiding alcohol and illicit drugs Eating a balanced diet Exercising at least 45 minutes each day Do not smoke Avoid excess caffeine and other stimulants Get sufficient rest Avoid stress Engage in leisure time activities ...Read more

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Is ADHD a real disease?

Is ADHD a real disease?

Yes: Changes in brain structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd in peer-reviewed studies have validated the diagnosis of adhd as a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms that can impact learning, peer interaction and behavior over a person's lifespan. Chadd.Org is a good resource for learning about adhd diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with adhd at all ages. ...Read more

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Is add/adhd hereditary?

Is add/adhd hereditary?

Yes: Adhd is highly hereditable. The incidence of adhd is about 5% of population. Identical twins have a concordance of >80% (if one twin has adhd, it's >80% likely the other will). Full blood siblings have a rate of 35%, parent to child rate is 20%, if both parents are adhd, the child rate is closer to 50%. Faraone sv, biederman j, milberger s. An exploratory study of adhd among second-degree relative. ...Read more

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How is ADHD Test done ?

How is ADHD Test done ?

ADHD is diagnosed by: clinical criteria of 6/9 or > significant symptoms of Inattention +/- Hyperactivity /Impulsivity that caused harmful dysfunction at home & school for 6 mos. or > by age 10, even if ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type was not diagnosed in childhood. There are no biological markers; neuropsychological deficits found in people with ADHD are also found in people with other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. ...Read more

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Could ADHD people drive?

Could ADHD people drive?

Most do: Adhd is not a listed disorder that would disqualify one for a drivers license in most states. ...Read more

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Can ADHD actually exist?

An actual disorder: ADHD is a neurochemical diosrder well researched and validated. It involves a deficiency of brain Dopamine and nor epinephrin. the disorder is over diagnosed so people can be sceptics about the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I need help with my ADHD?

See a psychologist: Start with a good solid diagnosis and areas of your life where ADHD may affect you most. ...Read more

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Have adhd what meds help?

Have adhd what meds help?

Stimulants: Stimulants are the most commonly prescribed. Nonstimulants may also help if you are a nonresponder to stimulants or have significant anxiety as well. ...Read more

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What is good about adhd ?

What is good about adhd
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Mixed Picture: Kids or adults with adhd are often "high ennergy" people which can be helpful in certain situations. They may also look at things in slightly different ways and bring new perspectives into a situation. However, it is easy to see how even these positives can create negative situations. ...Read more

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Is ADHD or add heriditary?

Is ADHD or add heriditary?

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 more

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How do I know I have ADHD?

ADHD symptoms: Usually ID'd at a young age, ADHD has as symptoms the inattentive type: daydreaming, distractibility & disorganization, the hyperactive/impulsive type: climbing, inability to stay seated, acting before thinking (like by stealing or fire setting) or the combined type, which is a combination of both types together. Consult with a psychologist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I assess for adhd?

How can I assess for adhd?

Do sample test ?s: There are many sample tests available online to test yourself to see if you may have adhd--for example, if you google "adhd test" you should get quite a few options to check it out. U can also consult your doc to get an assessment--he/she may use some of the "check-list' questions to see if u have adhd. There is no blood test/scan for adhd. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I assess for adhd?

How can I assess for adhd?

ADHD: Diagnosis is made on a clinical basis. There are some very good structured clinical interview forms available that ask lots of pertinent questions and have rating scales. Seeing a psychiatrist known for assessing adhd is important. That md should provide the tests. No lab test can diagnose adhd. ...Read more

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What is the cause of adhd?

What is the cause of adhd?

Genetics: Most cases of adhd are inherited. There is great evidence to indicate that adhd is inherited and passed on for parent to child. Many factors can determine if inherited adhd will penetrate into clinically significant adhd, but it's genetic nature is indisputable. ...Read more

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How can one diagnose ADHD?

"One" cannot!: make that diagnosis .. A TRAINED Pediatrician, Child Psychologist or Psychiatrist for children and a Trained Adult Psychologist/Psychaitrist is necessary for an accurate Diagnosis!

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I have adhd. What can I do?

I have adhd. What can I do?

Learn: We all have strengths and weaknesses. In some scenarios, adhd is a strength. When properly organized, can multitask better than others, put things together mechanically better, see the 'big picture' better. Making the best of your strengths and working around your weaknesses will help your successful career. www.additudemag.com is a great resource. ...Read more

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