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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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Dr. Rachel Goldstein
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Adults (Definition)

Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity begins in childhood and may continue through adulthood. Symptoms are similar: poor attention span, impulsivity and hyperactivity which is disruptive to others. Adults who present for a diagnosis must meet criteria for ADD in childhood which a careful history will support. Medical causes for symptoms ...Read more


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Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Is guanfacine (intuniv) effective for adult females with adhd?

Worth to try: It is a safe medication that may help adult adhd especially if the hyperactivity component is present. The prescription dosage needs to be gradually titrated with the blood pressure checked to avoid hypotension. Best wishes! ...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ADD was last used in: 1980, having been replaced by ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type in the DSM-IV & DSM V to stress that the underlying neuropathology is the same as that for ADHD-Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive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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Is ADHD or add heriditary?

Is ADHD or add heriditary?

Maybe: Adhd has a very strong hereditary component. That means that in most cases it tends to run in families. However, in some cases adhd can be the result of injuries to an infant during pregnancy as a result of the use of alcohol or tobacco by the pregnant mother. ...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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What is inattentive adhd?

What is inattentive adhd?

A type of ADHD: It is a type of adhd that is manifested predominantly by inattention and not by hyperactivity-impulsivity during the most recent six-month period. ...Read more

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Why are ADD and ADHD considered a learning disability?

ADHD- Primarily : Hyperactive/Impulsive Type, Primarily Inattentive Type & Combined Type impact academics, peer interaction &/or behavior < age 10. Because attention & memory interface, all types of ADHD impact learning & co-exist with Specific Learning Disorders in Reading, Written Expression & Math ~ 30-35% of the time, but are a different neurodevelopmental disorder than Learning Disorders. See CHADD.org. ...Read more

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Do ADHD children have more detention than other students?

Do ADHD children have more detention than other students?

The hyperactive type: Children who have the hyperactive subtype and are not treated, are likely to have detention more often than non ADD children. ...Read more

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What are signs of adult ADHD or adult add?

What are signs of adult ADHD or adult add?

Distractibility : Trouble with attention span, organization , feeling overwhelmed as work tasks increase, feeling restless and having trouble sitting through movies and tv shows, trouble retaining info that has been read, forgetting where you placed things, interrupting people mid sentence, being viewed by others as a ditz or a space cadet, not listening when people are talking to you directly, procrastinating, etc. ...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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How does a stimulant like ritalin (methylphenidate) work in hyperactive children?

How does a stimulant like ritalin (methylphenidate) work in hyperactive children?

Focus and Alertness: The stimulant medicines primarily work by increasing focus and attention span. This allows people to make better decisions about what needs to be done and what can be left alone. The result is decreased hyperactivity and a better use of activity level. Also, these medicines help to activate parts of the brain that promote alertness and awareness, which helps increase better judgement. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...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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Could concerta stop impulsive behaviour in people with adhd?

Could concerta stop impulsive behaviour in people with adhd?

Sometimes: As in most areas of medicine, medications are prescribed and it is hoped that they will work, but they don't always perform at 100% level. Sometimes we have to change the medication or add in another medication to get improvement up to level that the patient and their family desires. Psychotherapy however should also be an important part of the treatment program so that the patient can learn psychological techniques to avoid the impulsivity. Best wishes. ...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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Difficulty reading and concentrating as adult! add?

Difficulty reading and concentrating as adult! add?

Adult add: People don't develop add as adults. It should be present from childhood. Symptoms of add could be due to multiple causes including: sleep disorder as apnea, medication side effects, depression, anxiety, neurologic condition. Have an evaluation. ...Read more

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How will kids with add act in class?

How will kids with add act in class?

Multiple ways: It depends on the age and the type of adhd that they have. Some of the possible ways are: daydreaming, not staying on task, not focusing, not paying attention, easily distracted, making noises, disturbing others, out of their seat, talking too much, not waiting turn, interrupting others, being loud, missing assignments, having trouble with authority, not completing schoolwork, disorganized, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adult add?

What are the symptoms of adult add?

A life time history: Of distractibility, inattention, forgetfulness, time mismanagement, procrastination, day dreaming, disorganization, resulting in academic underachievement and later trouble at work. History of break-ups of romantic relationships is frequent. Girls r more "inattentive type" & boys more "hyperactive" in childhood. Often adhd condition runs in families & substance abuse history may co-exist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for adult add?

What are the symptoms for adult add?

Highly Variable!: Usually the symptoms relate to ability to concentrate for sustained periods. This can erode productivity. It is unusual for the pattern to emerge after age 40. ...Read more

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Could it be i suffer from adult add?

Maybe,maybe not : There are certainly adult add patients. You provided no usable information to comment further. An evaluation by your pcp, neurologist or psychiatrist would be needed to verify or exclude the possibility. ...Read more

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Have scientists found ways to treat adult add besides medication?

Retraining: If your add is moderate or severe, you can't manage it without medication. Behavior retraining is effective. It is about learning better skills in time management, using the calendar to track events and appointments, organize your tasks by priority, prevent procrastination by scheduling "soft" deadlines a day or two before the real deadline--techniques that should be tailored to your needs. ...Read more

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Can I be on adderoll for ever, for adult add? Or will I eventually need to stop it?

Can I be on adderoll for ever, for adult add? Or will I eventually need to stop it?

If you need it, yes: A recent study of thousands of adult patients with adhd showed that Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & other stimulants were safe to use for long periods, & that there were no cardiac or cardiovascular consequences to their long term use. The limiting factor for use is whether or not it is still needed. This needs to be assessed by you & your doctor. About 65% of adhd children persist into adulthood. Reference next. ...Read more

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I have "severe adult add." i try but i never get/stay organized, so i'm always spinning my wheels. The harder itry, the worse i get. Are there any strategies for dealing withit?

I have "severe adult add." i try but i never get/stay organized, so i'm always spinning my wheels. The harder itry, the worse i get. Are there any strategies for dealing withit?

Work-Arounds, Coach: Find work-arounds 4 how it limits u so u can counteract the problems it creates in ur life...The ways it hurts u/others, the things that keep u from feeling successful/having satisfying relationships, etc. Having adhd is like having a personal assistant who forgets 2remind u of things, loses track of time, interrupts u when ur speaking, etc. Donald trump would fire! work w/adhd specialist/coach. ...Read more

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Adult add/adhd plus me? What should I do?

Adult add/adhd plus me? What should I do?

Evaluation: Start with your primary care doctor to determine if there are medical problems causing your difficulty. If nothing is apparent, have an evaluation by a neuropsychologist. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of adult add?

How can I best take care of adult add?

Stimulant +therapy: The stimulant needs to be right for you. That means effective, without side effects. 30% of people respond better to one versus all other stimulants. If you combine it with therapy (behavior retraining) your improvement will be significant. Gradually, you will become more confident and ambitious, taking on projects you always wished to do but never could. Until now. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I find out if I have adult add?

How can I find out if I have adult add?

Diagnosis: See a psychiatrist or psychologist for a psychological assessment. The doctor may conduct a thorough interview and provide some simple questionaires for you, your family, and fellow workers. The doctor may also give you some psychological tests, some of which may be computerized. ...Read more

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What place to get treated for adult add?

Talk with your PCP: You need to start with your pcp/doc to see what services they provide or which providers do so locally.This can vary by location, with some neurologists, psychiatrists or family docs involved depending on the circumstances. ...Read more

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When should someone get tested for adult add?

If you have symptoms: While there is no specific or definitive test for adhd per sa, several rating scales have been employed combined with a complete history to make the diagnosis. With regard to the question, you get tested if you think you have the symptoms enough to interfere with your level of functioning. We think it's inherited, so of you have family and symptoms, get evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the typical medication for adult add?

What is the typical medication  for adult add?

Same as kids: Adderall, Ritalin and various time release brands of the same ingredients as well as strattera and sometimes wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medication for adult add?

Is there an alternative medication for adult add?

I wish there were: As of now, we do not have a "cure" for add. But medication (stimulants, usually) and behavior retraining, are very effective. Even so, stimulants work for a limited number of hours, only temporarily taking away the symptoms. When they stop working, the brain reverts to add. Despite many myths, there is no evidence that various diets, herbal supplements or other type of intervention, wil help. ...Read more

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Can I get treated for adult add without insurance?

Can I get treated for adult add without insurance?

Probably: Look under your state's mental health & developmental services agency for their free or low-cost adult mental health outpatient clinic. See chadd.Org. ...Read more

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What is adult add, and how do I know if I have it?

What is adult add, and how do I know if I have it?

Adult ADD: First, in our over stimulated lives, most of us at times feel we cannot get it all done, and are overwhelmed. I often see this question as a cry for help. True attention deficit diagnoses should be made by a competent mental health provider. The diagnosis usually includes a childhood history of these symptom and/ or treatment for such. Get tested and get some help if it is warranted. ...Read more

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Please explain where to get treated for adult add?

Please explain where to get treated for adult add?

Talk with your PCP: You need to start with your pcp/doc to see what services they provide or which providers do so locally.This can vary by location, with some neurologists, psychiatrists or family docs involved depending on the circumstances. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural way to help cure adult add?

Can there be a natural way to help cure adult add?

Yes: There are multiple natural ways to help manage not cure add. Cognitive behavioral therapy, adhd support groups, life coaches, exercise, adequate diet, meditation, get plenty of sleep and taking regular, short, mental breaks. Some supplements may be beneficial like omega 3 fatty acids. This link may be helpful for you: http://www.Helpguide.Org/mental/adhd_add_adult_strategies.Htm. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between hoarding and adult add?

Sometimes.: Most often hoarding is a symptom of an obsessive compulsive disorder but may be associated with attention deficit disorder (to a much smaller extent). ...Read more

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What would you say are most helpful books on adult add?

What would you say are most helpful books on adult add?

Executive Assistant: A practical guide for those who could really use an executive assistant to remind them of important events/tasks, to keep them focused, to keep them on time for things, and to stay organized: "add-friendly ways to organize your life" by judith kolberg. Would be good if assistant were unafraid you'd fire him/her and could tell you when you were interrupting others, appearing disinterested, etc. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I go get tested for adult add?

A diagnostic : Evaluation with a psychologist or psychiatrist.

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