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Book for learning disabilities/adhd teen?

Book for learning disabilities/adhd  teen?

Check out websites: There are excellent websites such as chadd.Org or www.Ldanatl.Org/. The former is for adhd, the latter for learning disabilities. Both have lots of wonderful materials for parents. ...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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What's ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

What's ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

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

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Symptoms of adult ADHD?

Symptoms of adult ADHD?

ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks. ...Read more

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How can one cure ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

How can one cure ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

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

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Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

In some ways.: Add was thought to be a disorder of children and adolescents. Now we realize it doesn't magically disappear when you turn 18. So there may be many untreated adults out there with add that they have had for years. ...Read more

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Can childhood propioceptive disorder behaviors continue into adulthood?

Can childhood propioceptive disorder  behaviors continue into adulthood?

Yes: Much as with attention-deficit, which was thought to not happen in adults, there is neither a biological reason, nor any evidence that sensory integration / sensory processing disorders like disorders of proprioception should vanish when one becomes an adult. Thus these disorders can definitely persist into adulthood. ...Read more

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Can kids outgrow sensory processing disorder?

Can kids outgrow sensory processing disorder?

Yes: In certain circumstances they will "outgrow" sensory issues. Mostly kids and the adults helping them, seek better accommodations for their sensory needs. Severity plays a role in how likely the child may be to outgrow an issue. ...Read more

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What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

What age is oppositional defiant disorder diagnosed in children?

Almost any age: Odd is typically more common among teenagers but can be diagnosed in school aged children. There is no age criteria for the diagnosis but diagnosing a toddler with odd would likely be inappropriate. Once a child understands what adults are looking for and intentionally engages in behavior that defies authority figures (this goes beyond parental defiance) then the child might be odd. ...Read more

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How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

Variable effects: There are many possible outcomes from child abuse & neglect. The most tragic is when the same things are perpetrated upon children. It can cause severe anxiety, depression, flashbacks, dissociation, trouble with trust & boundaries, drug & alcohol abuse, & suicide attempts. It can also lead to perfectionism and high achievement. With treatment, the person can heal and enjoy a fulfilling life. ...Read more

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Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Do non autistic siblings of autism kids mirror symptoms of autism?

Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read more

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Adhd med right 4 me? Diagnosed as child. Procrastination, organization issues, bored easily, temper, restless, impulsive, but school unaffected.

Adhd med right 4 me? Diagnosed as child. Procrastination, organization issues, bored easily, temper, restless, impulsive, but school unaffected.

Probably not needed: if you are able to perform well at school, then you probably don't have a significant in attention problem, and rather some anxiety or other emotional issue. Pl get a new evaluation with the psychologist as you may need behavior therapy rather than ADHD meds. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Pervasive developmental disorder for adults or kids?

Pervasive developmental disorder for adults or kids?

Autism specrum disor: Autism, autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental dirsorder all enompass identical group of neurodevelopmental disorders, initially described by dr. Leo kanner and hans asperger in 1943 and 1944, respectively. They are epigenetic disorders, caused by submicroscopic deletion or duplication of genes, also called copy number variation cnv. The gene expression is suppressed by environment. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum over asperger?

Autism spectrum over asperger?

Because the same: Deficits in social understanding (e.g., lack of theory of mind & facial recognition) underlie autism, asperger syndrome & pdd-nos, autistic spectrum disorder is the dsm-5 diagnosis that includes all 3. The myth is that all people with as have " genius" iq's; when the current definition of as requires an iq > 70, in the "normal" range, not necessarily avg. Or above, . ...Read more

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Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

Do older parents cause learning disorders in child?

No: There is no association between older parents and learning disabilities. Although, older mom's are more likely to have babies with down syndrome. And, there is emerging evidence that older fathers maybe at risk to have children with autism. Both of which, may have learning problems. ...Read more

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Learning disability diagnosis method? How are learning disabilities diagnosed?

Learning disability diagnosis method? How are learning disabilities diagnosed?

Psychoeducational : Testing can diagnose learning disabilities. Find a psychologist who does said testing. It is worth the time and money. ...Read more

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Can children outgrow anxiety?

Can children outgrow anxiety?

They can, but: Children can certainly outgrow anxiety, but the likelihood would depend on at least 2 things: 1) the intensity, frequency and duration of the symptoms would be a factor. If all three of these are fairly high, prof. Help should be sought. 2) the child's support system. For example, chronic family problems could increase risk levels, and possibly lower the chances of the child outgrowing the anxiety. ...Read more

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Are learning disabilities hereditary?

Are learning disabilities hereditary?

Sometimes: Some forms of LD, such as certain types of dyslexia, are clearly inherited, others are not. Its always useful to ask about relatives, especially parents when evaluated LD> ...Read more

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Research on adult onset attention deficit disorder ?

Research on adult onset attention deficit disorder ?

Yes!: Provided that you mean adhd first diagnosed in adulthood. The diagnosis depends in part on evidence of adhd by age 7. Problem is, it is (or at least 20 years ago was) mainly picked up in childhood if it was the hyperactive type. The large number of inattentive type kids were not picked up, so we have to ask about symptoms in childhood specifically. Much researck in adhd first diagnosed in adults. ...Read more

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Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Maybe: Abused children are much more highly represented among the ranks of poor learners, misbehaving, aggressive and oppositional conduct disordered kids. These conditions can subsequently lead to adult criminal behavior if interventions don't occur in childhood. ...Read more

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Young adult, previous Childhood ADHD diagnosis.Finding old Dx.documents=tricky. how to get new prescription in US? (Arrived on touristVisa& nowstaying>9months)?

Young adult, previous Childhood ADHD diagnosis.Finding old Dx.documents=tricky. how to get new prescription in US? (Arrived on touristVisa& nowstaying>9months)?

See a primary care: provider on your insurance list for referral to a psychiatrist. Many family medicine doctors are well-versed in & comfortable evaluating & treating adult ADHD. Call the County Medical Society to obtain the names of 3 family medicine doctors. Call their offices & ask if they evaluate & treat adult ADHD. ...Read more

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Been seeing docs since childhood. ADHd, bipolar, anxiety. On lamictal, lithium, klonopin, vyvanse, opana and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine). Chief complaint anhedonia.advice?

Been seeing docs since childhood. ADHd, bipolar, anxiety. On lamictal, lithium, klonopin, vyvanse, opana and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine). Chief complaint anhedonia.advice?

Drug interactions: Your symptoms are possibly related to the number and types of medications that you are taking. Please consult your psychiatrist or personal physician for a complete medication review. ...Read more

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If my childhood a had ADHD do I still have it?

ADHD: yes more than likely but as you have become an adult you have developed coping skills and hence feel that you may have outgrown it . Hope this answers your question ...Read more

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Would it be fair to say, with adhd, the childhood physical hyperactivity turns to mentally hyperactive as adults?

Would it be fair to say, with adhd, the childhood physical hyperactivity turns to mentally hyperactive as adults?

The natural course: Of adhd -combined type is that hyperactivity/impulsivity changes to an inner sense of restlessness. Teens & adults may still fidget by tapping/clicking pens, jiggling their legs, or getting up during classes or meetings. With updated neuropsychological testing for diagnosis, medication + cognitive/behavioral therapy + environmental manipulations through ada accommodations are available. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with ADHD since childhood and I've taken Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall and is desoxyn a legitimate medicine to take for my issue?

I've been dealing with ADHD since childhood and I've taken Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall and is desoxyn a legitimate medicine to take for my issue?

Not design: Desoxyn is another name for Methamphetamine, and is not a first choice of medication for ADHD. Mother medications, some of them derivatives of methamphetamine such as Adderall , Ritalin, Strattera, and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) are better choices and have evidence in the literature and positive outcomes to support their use. Try Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), Ive heard good things about results ...Read more

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Hello , i believe I have had ADHD-pi from childhood but was never diagnosed and it is starting to take a toll on my daily life so I was hoping to find out about being evaluated ?

Hello , i believe I have had ADHD-pi from childhood but was never diagnosed and it is starting to take a toll on my daily life so I was hoping to find out about being evaluated ?

Evaluation by a: psychiatrist skilled in ADHD is best for a definitive answer. Many conditions may present like ADHD and may also coincide with ADHD which affects 4.4% of adults and can impact many aspects of daily life and function. Medications are often necessary for best function. Therapy may help with skill development to address your daily life and emotions. Best regards for good health. See Additudemag.com. ...Read more

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Should ADHD patients have abnormal signs since childhood to get the disease?Or the patient was normal person and suddenly he had it in the adulthood ?

Should ADHD patients have abnormal signs since childhood to get the disease?Or the patient was normal person and suddenly he had it in the adulthood ?

Criteria: Current criteria, even after slightly modified recently, requires some signs to have been present during childhood; it is not that necessarily must have been diagnosed at that age. Scales and assessment tools help, as well as a careful history (school, work, collateral info). ...Read more

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Psychological suffering since childhood.After 20 years and dozen doctors no one agrees(adhd, gifted, mood/anxiety disorder). How can I know what i have?

Psychological suffering since childhood.After 20 years and dozen doctors no one agrees(adhd, gifted, mood/anxiety disorder). How can I know what i have?

Uncertainty: One approach to diagnostic uncertainty is to establish & maintain treatment with one behavioral health provider. Regular contact with one provider over an extended duration of time can increase the probability of diagnostic certainty. This in turn, can increase the precision of treatment options. However, the goal of treatment is to alleviate suffering irregardless of diagnostic label. ...Read more

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Old childhood head trauma. Possible cause for temporal lobe epilepsy? ADHD? Could Neurontin (gabapentin) help with ADHD symptoms, temporal lobe trauma?

Qualified Assessment: The issues you describe cross over several medical specialties: Psychiatry, Neurology, and Geriatric Medicine. Thorough evaluations by an Internist, Neurologist, and Psychiatrist familiar with ADHD (and each other) would be a good start. ...Read more

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Can a child grow out of adhd?

30-65% chance: Longitudinal studies lasting more than 20 years have shown that adhd resolves in about 35% of children. But if stimulant treatement is started before 7 yo, the risk of persisting into adulthood drops to 35%. In other words, if treatment is started early, instead of a 65% chance of still having adhd in adulthood, the risk drops to 35%. Good reason to treat early. ...Read more

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Could my child have ADHD or add?

Could my child have ADHD or add?

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 more

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How do know if your child has ADHD?

How do know if your child has ADHD?

History/testing: Such diagnoses require a significant review of history, level of function, exam and a variety of tests. Alternative medical, emotional and behavioral conditions can mimic these conditions. Consult your pcp to start the process. ...Read more

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Best ways to help a child with adhd?

Best ways to help a child with adhd?

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 more

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How do you get a child tested for adhd?

How do you get a child  tested for adhd?

ADHD: You can request your child's school to perform a psycho-educational evaluation. This will greatly help the pediatrician in making the diagnosis in addition to vanderbilt screening. ...Read more

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How do you calm down a child who has adhd?

How do you calm down a child who has adhd?

Consistency: There are lots of non-medical things you can do to help a child with adhd. Schedules are important with these kids. Getting plenty of rest really helps. Setting up expectations as well as consequences is essential. Despite some parents best efforts this is not enough. You may wish to consult your doctor about further treatment. ...Read more

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Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Thoughts on medicating children with adhd?

Depends on variables: I look at it like providing a crutch to a kid with a broken leg. With it s/he can get more done/without not so much.There are side effects to any med but the dose and form can be changed to fit the kids needs.Medicated add kids have a lower risk of incarceration and eventual drug use, for reasons unknown. ...Read more

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At what age does a child commonly get adhd?

Do not get it: ADHD is a neurochemical disorder of the brain, probably there during gestation. Doctors are reluctant to diagnose ADHD before age 5 years, especially in boys. It is possible to acquire ADHD symptoms from brain injury, brain infections or taking medications that have the symptoms as a side effect. ...Read more

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Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Is adhd-symptoms always visible in children?

Not necessarily: Attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity can be silent for ears in a bright and curious child; the curiosity acts like a stimulant to engage attention. Later in life, with less structure, symptoms of add become apparent: e.g., disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, spacing off, daydreaming may be subtle but present if searched for. Adult add is real. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Yes they can: Although many adhd children are not aggressive, their impulsivity and high levels of physical activity can set them up for situations in which they or others become upset, leading to aggression. In toddlers with adhd, the most common cause of referrals in aggression in the preschool setting. Older children may be teased and scapegoated, which may to anger and aggression. ...Read more

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Could my child have ADHD or add, how to know?

Could my child have ADHD or add, how to know?

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