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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Children In Children
What are some of the risk factors for getting Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?
What are some of the non-drug treatments for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?
A partial list: First, adhd is highly heritable, so having a parent or sibling who has adhd or a family history of adhd is the most common set-up. Then comes prematurity; the smaller the baby, the higher the risk of adhd. Many genetic syndromes are associated with with adhd, giving researchers the opportunity to look at the genes involved with adhd. Less common are brain infections or injuries. ...Read more
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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 more
Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?
Possibly: Many conditions may mimic adhd. Discuss with your pediatrician. Sleep disorders may respond to melatonin, dietary issues may respond to otc medications and dietary supplements. Caffiene's stimulant property can be helpful but can have problems with managing doseage and is short acting. ...Read more
Biologic disorder: Adhd is an inherited, neurobiological disorder that effects about 5% of the population. Untreated it leads to increased death (smoking, drug overdose, fatal auto crashes) or significant life impediments. It interferes with learning, socialization, relationships, finances, impulse control, academics, work performance, sleep. See my health files for websites and articles. ...Read more
ADHD: The criteria can be more objectively measured by using the asrs - a widely available instrument. It is suspected when students underachieve - perform worse than iq/achievement testing would suggest or are inconsistent. The impact can be evident at home with poorer self-esteem and rejection - by parents and friends. Heightened impulsvity, hyperactivity, fidgetiness, and disruptiveness are typical. ...Read more
As in the name: A-d/hd represents a class of disorders that are usually first diagnosed in childhood. They are characterized by inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. A proper diagnosis is quite nuanced and requires a professional. ...Read more
Neuropsychology: The best of the tests available include neuropsychological testing. It includes tests of attention, vigilance, flexibility of thinking, and executive function ...Read more
Many: Most docs answer this question thinking about a specific diagnostic test like blood test, xray, or blood pressure. But many signs are found in adhd pts. Since this is a neurologic disease, it has neurologic findings. Eg, poor executive function, synkinesia, dyskinesia, poor working memory, temporal sequential ordering problems can all be tested. Eye muscle dyskinesia an inerrant sign in adhd. ...Read more
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 more
Focus. Impulsv. Hyper: Adhd: symptoms including attention deficit (inability to maintain focus), impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. Symptoms are typical and normal for 4 year olds, but start affecting all aspects of life (academic, social, family, athletic) when they persist beyond. Vanderbilt forms help objectively. Behavior modification, school involvement, and mainly stimulant medication are used as treatment. ...Read more
Qualified Clinician: There's no definitive diagnostic test for adhd — no blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screen — so it's not easy to tell whether a child or an adult has the disorder. A good clinical evaluation performed by a qualified individual such as a pediatrician, psychiatrist or psychologist is essential. Psychological testing can be beneficial in making this diagnosis. Start with your primary md. ...Read more
A proper evaluation: A proper assessment by a qualified, expirienced clinician is the best help for adhd. Once the evaluation is done, then a proper plan of care could be determined based on findings. ...Read more
See below: Adhd has core symptoms of hyperactivity and inability to focus. People with adhd are easily distracted by events in their environment and have trouble staying on task, completing school work. They also tend to be hyperactive, always moving, getting out of their desks, and being disruptive. People with adhd also tend to be very impulsive. They may not think before acting. ...Read more
Three Core Symptoms: There are three core symptoms of adhd as it is currently understood, and the diagnostic criteria come from one of these three symptoms. They are: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It is possible to have problems particularly with inattention without the other two. ...Read more
Yes: Either with therapy or medication but most often with both. Often learning disabilities are co-morbid with adhd and need to be evaluated. Also the symptoms of adhd can be present in other disorders which need to be assessed before assuming the diagnosis is adhd. ...Read more
Real biological: Adhd persists into adulthood 65% of the time. Hundreds of studies have proven it to be a neurobiological disorder with a genetic and neurotoxic basis. It is not a conglomeration of symptoms. See my health hints and health files for further information. ...Read more
By their behavior: They would interrupt you frequently, usually moving their feet, moving to a different subject in their conversation multiple times. Couldn't finish a task or reading a page in an appropriate time. ...Read more
Symptoms: If you have the symptoms of adhd, as dr. Ali answered, then you may have the disorder. Check with your doctor for an evaluation or referral. See chadd. Org or nimh site: http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/can-adults-have-adhd. Shtml. I've got a copy on my health files. ...Read more
It seems to be: Diagnosed more often today than say 10 years ago. This can happen when a diagnosis gets a lot of attention in the news. This is a good thing since many people who had adhd in the past grew up thinking they were lazy, stupid or had behavioral problems. Not knowing what caused their problems led to low self esteem and poor school and work performance. Today they can be helped with therapy and meds. ...Read more
More awareness: There's more awareness & acceptance of this diagnosis. It's always been with us, ~5% of the us population, but it went undignosed in children for too long. There is no evidence that anything other than inheritance & neurotrauma (prenatal nicotine, alcohol, mj, Cocaine exposure; prematurity, inflammation, perinatal stress, multiple births, oxygen deprivation, or intrauterine malnutrition)are cause. ...Read more
Really depends: There are 2 broad classes of meds for adhd--stimulants and nonstimulants. There are 2 types of stimulants, and each has a number of different formulations that differ mostly by length of action and mode of administratation. I suggest you find someone with expertise in treating adults with adhd and discuss when you're having problems and what kind & help you decide if meds are the best approach. ...Read more
Get evaluated: Adhd is a syndrome of hyperactivity, impulsivity and or in attention that interferes with the person functioning in 2 areas of life. There are questionnaires which may point to adhd. Evaluation should be done as these issues could due to othe conditions which should be addressed. ...Read more
ADHD: ADHD is common. About 7.8% of kids in the USA have ADHD. If untreated, ADHD may affects lives of children/adolescents significantly. It includes their academic, social and family functioning. The main treatment for ADHD are medications, including psychostimulants and non-stimulant medications. ...Read more