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Is attention deficit disorder treatment only for school, or do you use it every day of the year?

Is attention deficit disorder treatment only for school, or do you use it every day of the year?

Key question!: The benefits of continuing treatment when school is not in session often outweigh the risks of the medication. Remember, the problems from adhd are not just with grades. Adhd symptoms adversely effect a child's ability to make and maintain friends, have a positive relationship with parents, make less impulsive decisions with peers (e.g. Trying cigarettes or sex), and less likely to have accidents. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Inattention (Definition)

Inattention is a clinical finding in which a person has decreased attention span. This can occur in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ...Read more


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What medication is available daily for attention deficit disorder?

What medication is available daily for attention deficit disorder?

Stimulants are still: The safest & most effective. The two stimulants, amphetamine & methlyphenidate, come in long, short & medium-acting delivery systems. One form is the active half of the mph molecule. Other are mixed amphetine salts; & mas + a lysine molecule. They differ in timing of onset of action, peak effect, & duration of action. Non-stimulants atomoxetine & Guanfacine are given daily & don't "wear off.". ...Read more

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What to do about attention deficit disorder kids who are mild? How to decide whether to use medication or not?

What to do about attention deficit disorder kids who are mild?  How to decide whether to use medication or not?

The only reason to : Treat adhd is when it causes harmful dysfunction in the child who has it. Impairments present differently at different stages of development. Deficits in auditory short-term memory, active working memory, executive functions & compliance, related to inattention, impact academics. Impulsive/hyperactive symptoms more often impact behavior & peer interaction. Evaluation by a specialist may be needed. ...Read more

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Should a child on a anti-seizure medication be on a add (attention deficit disorder)?

Should a child on a anti-seizure medication be on a add (attention deficit disorder)?

Only if has ADD: Some children have both seizures and adhd. Stimulants have some risk of increasing risk of seizures; but, usually, if seizures are well controlled, adding stimulants or other adhd medications will have little to no effect on seizures and may greatly help other aspects of the child's functioning. ...Read more

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What drug would you recommend for a 9-year old with attention deficit disorder?

What drug would you recommend for a 9-year old with attention deficit disorder?

Individualize: We often choose first-line medications for adhdby factoring in comorbid conditions like anxiety or odd, but we may not have luck with the first one. Be prepared for a process that usually starts with a low dose of a stimulant + parent, teacher & dr. Communication for changing dose or medication. Read " straight talk about psychiatric medications for kids" by dr. Tim wilens. ...Read more

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How do attention deficit disorder drugs work based upon neurotransmitter activity in the brain?

How do attention deficit disorder drugs work based upon neurotransmitter activity in the brain?

Dopamine: The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and ritalin), which are the best meds for adhd, work primarily by increasing the neurotransmitter Dopamine in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive functioning, which lets you plan, shift from task to task, and focus. People with adhd have a shortage of Dopamine in this area. ...Read more

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How can I treat attention deficit disorder (add)?

How can I treat attention deficit disorder (add)?

Seek evaluation by a: Skilled clinician to confirm diagnosis and offer recommendations for your specific circumstances. Meanwhile additudemagazine.Com is an excellent resource regarding many aspects of understanding and treating adhd. Best regards. ...Read more

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How do the medicines help attention deficit disorder?

How do the medicines help attention deficit disorder?

Attention Deficit: Medications theoretically work by increasing dopamine/norepinephrine in the brain which helps focusing & task performance. ...Read more

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At what age can attention deficit disorder be diagnosed?

At what age can attention deficit disorder be diagnosed?

Adhd: Although it used to be believed that adhd was exclusively a childhood disorder and magically disappeared by the age of 18, this is no longer believed to be the case. Research has shown that symptoms of adhd continue into adulthood and can continue to impair people's ability to function. Consequently, you can be diagnosed with adhd at any age...Assuming the disorder is present of course. ...Read more

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Distractibility (Definition)

A condition in which the attention of the mind is easily distracted by ...Read more