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What's the difference of add and adhd?

What's the difference of add and adhd?

YES: Add is simply a shortened way to say adhd. The official diagnosis is adhd & then clinician specifies subtype based on symptom presentation. A skilled child or adult clinician (psychiatrist, neurologist, pediatrician, psychologist, & others) will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and recommend a mutlifacted treatment. A good source of info is additude magazine: http://www.Additudemag.Com/. ...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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Doctors, what are the symptoms of add and adhd?

Doctors, what are the symptoms of add and adhd?

ADD, ADHD: Both have symptoms of inattention, inability to focus or stay on task, starting things but never finishing them, procrastination, inability to retain information and being easily distracted. The 'h' is for hyperactivity and includes impulsiveness and constant movement or fidgeting. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of add and hyperactivity attacks?

What are the symptoms of add and hyperactivity attacks?

Not attacks: Adhd is a chronic condition which is associated with decreased executive functions or "self monitoring" of behavior, see your pediatrician for a proper evaluation, stimulants work in 70 percent of patients, so start with generics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of undiagnosed add or adhd?

What are the symptoms of undiagnosed add or adhd?

Add?: Organizational skills lagging behind, misplacing things, cannot finish tasks, feel overwhelmed, impulsive, easily frustrated, are few of daily struggles. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of add vs adhd?

What are the symptoms of add vs adhd?

No longer an issue: Because the underlying neurobiological and neurochemical bases are the same for both, add is now called adhd-primarily inattentive type. Adhd-primarily hyperactive/impulsive type is seen in preschool age children. Children with adhd-combined type are more commonly referred for treatment, as the hyperactive/impulsive symptoms draw attention. See chadd.Org for full explanation. ...Read more

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What is ADHD and symptoms of adhd?

What is ADHD and symptoms of adhd?

There ARE tests 4 it: Addis a neurobiological disorder, there are physical & neurodevelopmental findings. Synkinesiae, dysmetric eye movements, incoordination are easily found on exam. Tests of working memory r easily administered. Tower of london demonstrates statistically relavent findings diagnostic of add. So questionnaires are necessary, but of minimal use in the diagnosis. Therapeutic targets are state of the art. ...Read more

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ADD and ADHD is same disorder?

ADD and ADHD is same disorder?

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 more

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What are the causes of add disorder?

What are the causes of add disorder?

Unknown: Add/adhd is a hereditary neurological disorder, characterized by dysregulation of brain functions, social, enviromental and genetic factors all seem to contribute. ...Read more

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What are some pro's and con's of ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD in a child?

What are some pro's and con's of ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD in a child?

Works but short time: Ritalin has a long history of effectiveness for add/adhd, but the problem is it's duration of action is short, and often to have benefit for a long part of the day you have to take ti 2-3 times. There are longer acting forms of Ritalin (methylphenidate) from several manufacturers. Your provider can help guide you to one that should work, if not one try another. ...Read more

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What's the effect of stimulants on kids with adhd?

What's the effect of stimulants on kids with adhd?

Typically quite good: Stimulants are by far the most thoroughly studied medications used to treat a child psychiatric disorder. 65-85% of the time, they markedly decrease key symptoms of inattention, poor focus, impulsivity, & hyperactivity. They work quickly but also wear off daily. Side effects are well known, dose-related, & for most kids tolerable. Sadly, they do not "cure" adhd, nor are they the whole answer. ...Read more

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Aren't add meds supposed to treat the symptoms of add, one of which is procrastinating constantly?

Aren't add meds supposed to treat the symptoms of add, one of which is procrastinating constantly?

Yes & no: A good analogy is what happens with a car speeding down the road. Treatment can allow the car to be slowed to make a turn, but doesn't change the decision making process to turn. You don't change inherent behavior problems with treatment, but it may allow other therapies (talk, behavior mod) to have a better effect. ...Read more

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What are the similarites between add and adhd?

Inattention: Add is adhd without the h. The h stands for hyperactive symptoms. People diagnosed with adhd have the inattentive symptoms as well as the restless and hyperkinetic symptoms. Those diagnosed with add only meet the criteria for inattentive symptoms. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause attention problems as severe as ADD and is venlafaxine suitable for such combination of Anxiety and ADD?

Could anxiety cause attention problems as severe as ADD and is venlafaxine suitable for such combination of Anxiety and ADD?

Yes possibly: its important to have a diagnostic evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatrist (that is good at differential diagnosis) to first evaluate what you have, before deciding on a treatment plan. Anxiety can cause problems in attention, focusing, concentration, etc. Depression can also come with these symptoms. ADD/ADHD can occur with anxiety and/or depression. Treatment follows the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is cause of add hyperactive behaviour?

What is cause of add hyperactive behaviour?

Inherited or environ: Adhd has been associated with the father's genes, exposure to cigarettes or other drugs during pregnancy, and can be confused with many other issues. See your pediatrician or psychologist to be sure. ...Read more

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What are the effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) on autism and adhd?

What are the effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) on autism and adhd?

Similar in both: Methylphenidate (ritalin) is a psychostimulant. The most common side effects (se) are loss of appetite, headache, nausea, stunted growth, restlessness and increased heart rate. Common side effects often not recognized are increased anger and/or dysphoria (unhappiness). The positive effects are reduced hyperactivity, improved attention and better focus. Children w/ ASD are more prone to ses. ...Read more

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Is messiness and disorganization of one's home symptoms of adult add?

Is messiness and disorganization of one's home symptoms of adult add?

Yes. However:: Differential diagnosis includes being lazy, being busy, having kids, having houseguests, recent tornadoes, recent earthquakes, and impending deadlines. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of add for adults?

Book Length: You are asking a question that would be a book length answer. We only have four hundred characters here. It is best to give doctor's your specific symptoms and to not prejudge a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does depression and ADD/ADHD have a lot of similarities?

Does depression and ADD/ADHD have a lot of similarities?

Yes: They both have underlying imbalance of brain chemicals, . It may include norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin. Sometimes, they are related to genetic causes in folate (folic acid) metabolism called MTHFR ( the gene for converting folate (folic acid) to its active form that is used to make the brain chemicals). ...Read more

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