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Child With Adhd
Speak to your doctor: You have not provided descriptive information. The best place to start is with your child's pediatrician. Let him or her know your concerns and a description of your child's behavior and activity level. In addition, if your child is in school, get information about performance, ability to focus and attend and effect of classroom distractions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Many : Structure, good diet, holding child accountable for actions, proper school placement, athletics & exercise, proper diagnosis and stimulant medication. The latter being the most important since it repairs the pathophysiology if adhd at the cellular level. See my health files for references. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your Doctor: Your family doctor can direct you in finding the appropriate path to the diagnosis and treatment. He/she will take a history and look for inattention, lack of focus, hyperactivity, and other symptoms and decide if psychological testing be done to help in the diagnosis. If the testing shows adhd, then your family doctor may decide to begin treatment or refer you to a child psychiatrist for care. ...Read more
Not a medical "?": Over the years, in my practice I have known of cases that were awarded ssi disability status but the decision process varies from time to time and place to place and attitudes of the investigators vary too. A well documented severe case may be worth an application. Discuss it with your local social security office personnel. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: This all depends on the child's specific situation. Some children do well on adhd meds, some do not. It is best to work with your pediatrician to try a combination of adhd drug trials and work with a mental health counselor or child psychiatrist to find a solution that works for you and your child. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on variables: Some kids have milder problems and will respond to reduction of controllable distractions and counseling.All affected kids need some counseling to deal with their social and behavioral interactions. Yet most of the younger patients will need more. Self control is often more successful in the older kid who wants to come off meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on age: Adhd typically is diagnosed around age 6-7 years of age, mostly because those without adhd are much less likely by then to have the symptoms of poor attention, high distractibility, high physical activity, & poor impulse control that we use to make the diagnosis. Persistent issues in several of these domains in various settings (not just home or school) warrant an assessment if causing problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on the childs age, severety of the problem, and what you mean by keeping under control.You could start by getting a proper evaluation and deciding what thera[y if any is needed, behavior modification and parenting skills training could also prove very helpful.Every case is different, but waiting usually only leads to worse behavior. ...Read more
Context From the CDC: A child in the southeast usa is much more likely than one in the southwest us (or in europe, for ex.) 2be diagnosed w/adhd &/or be prescribed meds 4it. Recent cdc statistics on adhd in usa worth knowing: http://1.Usa.Gov/gzerk also, as noted, kids w/ medicaid health coverage are much more likely 2 be diagnosed w/adhd + given meds 4it than kids who have (a) private insurance or (b) no insurance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What else is there to do when you have a child with adhd, and you don't want the child to take medication?
Change lifestyle: Provide structure at all times, firm and loving limit setting, break down commands to single ones, modify his diet, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, processed foods and food colorings. You may want to try omegas and never neglect therapy, behavior modification and time management skills. You need the guidance of teachers, therapists and nutritionists. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes, there are many examples of highly talented and successful adults who have adhd--some began as "gifted" children in some areas. It is a disability that requires extra efforts, but it does not necessarily result in disappointing outcomes or unsatisfying lives over the long term. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Combination : Adhd is a constellation of symptoms including hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. Most patients benefit from combination therapy involving modifications to the school environment, psychological counseling, stimulant and non-stimulant medications. Treatment should be tailored to meet each patient's needs. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Weight loss, insomni: The most noticeable side effect is wt loss due to decrease appetite. I've also seen a lot of children being very angry and agressive as soon as the effect is gone. Usually around 4 pm, depending on the dose and medicine.This could be solved adding a short term stimulant, like plain Ritalin (methylphenidate) around 1 pm. Make sure to monitor bed time. Stimulants also cause insomnia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
JUDGMENT CALL: I expect a child to be learning all day every day - not just in school. The mind doesn't shut off. If a child has a sufficient problem with attention and focus that he can's learn from his weekend experiences he needs meds. If he creats family difficulty because of the adhd, he needs meds for himself and his family. I havent seen children damaged by properly prescribed meds in 40 years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe the ADD med: One of the side effects of many add meds is difficulty sleeping. Many times adjusting the meds with the help of your doctor may be the only thing you need. Watch his diet for other stimulants such as caffeine and avoid exercise 2 hours prior to sleep. Also make sure electronics are turned off and the environment at home is "dimmed" at least 45 minutes before bedtime. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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