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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Hyperactivity (Definition)

Hyperactivity is a term that describes a physical state in which a person is abnormally active. It may be caused by hormonal or emotional disorders, and may also be present in children ...Read more


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How can I keep my child from being hyperactive?

How can I keep my child from being hyperactive?

Treatment: Treatment is the cornerstone if your child has been formally diagnosed. Behavioral therapy also has a place in treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a "normal" over-active child and an add hyperactive child?

What is the difference between a "normal" over-active child and an add hyperactive child?

ADD vs normal: All children may have times of hyperactivity and distractibility. Until about age 5, it is very difficult to know what is too much. However, a child who is uncontrollably restless and disruptive at home and at school should at least be evaluated. If the problem is only in one setting or the other, then the likelihood of add is less. ...Read more

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Hyperactive child with terrible sleep habits. How do we cope?

Hyperactive child with terrible sleep habits. How do we cope?

Hyperactive: Depends on what medications he is on for adhd, possibility of after-effects of medication with poor sleep. Discuss with his physician possibility of adjunctive medication for sleep, such as Clonidine or remeron, (mirtazapine) depending on his age. ...Read more

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Is it true that certain colors will set up a hyperactive child to go even crazier?

Is it true that certain colors will set up a hyperactive child to go even crazier?

Question unclear: If you mean food dyes, there is evidence especially with young children (under age 6 years) that some children react to them with increased physical activity and impulsivity. This effect seems to less lessen with increase age. Colors in the environment such bright-colored clothing or rooms also can affect energy level and behavior. ...Read more

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What treatment is right for a hyperactive child?

What treatment is right for a hyperactive child?

See pediatrician: If you have concerns about your child's behavior, then talk to your pediatrician. Children are different and their recommended treatment will vary as well. It depends on whether your child is having difficulty in school or is also inattentive with trouble focusing (which may indicate possible adhd) or this is just normal behavior. Your pediatrician will be able to work through that with you. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a really hyperactive child and a child with adhd?

What are the differences between a really hyperactive child and a child with adhd?

Several...: Children with adhd who are hyperactive, also are easily distracted, impulsive and have trouble organizing tasks, all characteristics of adhd. If a child only exhibits active behavior, without these other symptoms, they do not have adhd. ...Read more

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Is someone with inattentive ADHD much less likely to be diagnosed with the disorder by the age of 7 as compared to the classic hyperactive ADHD child?

Is someone with inattentive ADHD much less likely to be diagnosed with the disorder by the age of 7 as compared to the classic hyperactive ADHD child?

Yes it is harder to: Diagnosing add usually takes longer than adhd. You cannot miss the hyperactive child with attention deficit. They can't sit still and get in trouble in school pretty quickly when they are expected to sit and listen. When a child just has add their symptoms are more subtle. They are often seen as lazy since they have difficulty completing tasks and are diagnosed later or not diagnosed but failing. ...Read more

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Are there any natural herbs to help a hyperactivity disorder rather than using medication in a child?

Are there any natural herbs to help a hyperactivity disorder rather than using medication in a child?

None: No natural remedy has been proven efficacious so far. Pharmacologic therapy utilizing stimulants plus behavior modification provides best results without significant side effects. Children who received stimulants for their adhd are not at higher risk to develop substance abuse later. ...Read more

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If my wife is hyperactive all of the time, what are the chances our child will also be just as hyperactive?

Hyperactivity: Hard to tell. It would be important to determine if there is another issue underlying or if it is a personality trait. If you are concerned consult with physician/specialist. Hyperactivity in kids can be sign of sleep disorder or inadequate sleep vs adults that get "tired' and "depressed.". ...Read more

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