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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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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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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ADD was last used in: 1980, having been replaced by ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type in the DSM-IV & DSM V to stress that the underlying neuropathology is the same as that for ADHD-Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive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 add or ADHD considered a disability for a child?

Is add or ADHD considered a disability for a child?

Yes, if not treated: The best thing you can do as a parent of an add child is to treat it. The treatment, medication and behavior retraining is effective. So effective, in fact, that often it can erased the handicap and brings the child up to the level of his peers. Not treated, add can scar a child for life. Not sure if your child has add? Get him/her tested. Better safe than sorry! ...Read more

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Can a person have attention deficit disorder and autism, or is add defined as not having also autism?

Can a person have attention deficit disorder and autism, or is add defined as not having also autism?

Unofficially, yes: Officially, the diagnosis of autism "trumps" the diagnosis of adhd, not the other way around, as your question suggests. In practice, severe adhd symptoms in children with autism are often still recognized and treated. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is attention deficit disorder (a.D.D.) or a.D.H.D.?

What sort of problem is attention deficit disorder (a.D.D.) or a.D.H.D.?

Also Organization: Dr. Auerbach's answer is very good. In addition, add/adhd kids have difficulty in organizational skills.This appears with planning study time, writing reports where the information/facts need to organized etc. ...Read more

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If we exclude stimulants which is better for ADD - clonidine, venlafaxine or something else?

If we exclude stimulants which is better for ADD - clonidine, venlafaxine or something else?

Expert input: ADD needs an expert in the condition for proper management, self medication isn't good, it might not be ADD to start with, best wishes ...Read more

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Why are ADD and ADHD considered a learning disability?

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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How is inattentive ADHD diagnosed and is it treated differently than the hyperactive form of ADHD?

How is inattentive ADHD diagnosed and is it treated differently than the hyperactive form of ADHD?

Same way: ADD without hyperactivity is diagnosed using the same tools as ADHD. The distinction arises when reviewing the results of the tools administered and finding the symptoms related to impulsivity, restlessness and excessive activity are not significant while the other symptoms are. The treatment is the same for both. Many women and girls have the inattentive type and fall through the cracks because the behavioral symptoms are not drawing attention to the problem and they are simply thought to be underachievers. ...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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Is topomax used often as an add on to bipolar disorder?

Is topomax used often as an add on to bipolar disorder?

Sometimes used...: Topamax (topiramate) is added sometimes in cases where the patient needs more control from "the top down", but it is not fda approved as a mood stabilizer. It may help with anxiety and impulsive behaviors and it may have the beneficial side effect of weight loss. However, it is not usually that helpful for depression, and it needs to be dosed very slowly because it can cause spaciness and confusion. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have BOTH ADHD and Schizophenia? What about ADHD and Asperger's syndrome? I'm a 38yrold Caucasian male; family history of autism.

Is it possible to have BOTH ADHD and Schizophenia? What about ADHD and Asperger's syndrome? I'm a 38yrold  Caucasian male; family history of autism.

Yes. Comorbidity is: when 2 or more conditions occur in the same person. ADHD can be comorbid with both Autism Spectrum Disorders and Schizophrenia. However there is overlap of symptoms as well and a good evaluation is necessary to differentiate if the person has one or the other or both conditions. If a person has schizophrenia then that is the priority TX target. ADHD TX would follow if necessary. Best regards. ...Read more

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Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Disorder for sure!: Brain studies show differences between persons w/ & w/o adhd, particularly in the left prefrontal cortex. Nimh demonstrated that the brains of kids w/ adhd are 3-4% smaller than those w/o adhd. There is also evidence of differences in neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine & Dopamine (altho the differences are complicated). Adhd causes problems w/ learning, school performance & behavior. ...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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Is it possible that I have add (attention deficit disorder)?

Is it possible that I have add (attention deficit disorder)?

Possibly: You may have it, although the only way to find out is to talk to a professional! you may benefit from talking to a psychologist or psychiatrist to see about receiving an evaluation. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Is there a difference between add and adhd? My doctor tends to use "add" and "adhd" somewhat interchangeably. What is the difference? .

Is there a difference between add and adhd? My doctor tends to use "add" and "adhd" somewhat interchangeably. What is the difference?

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ADHD : Adhd and add are conditions affecting attention and concentration, but adhd has hyperactivity too. The treatment is similar, and there is so many similarities to use the terms for both conditions interchangeably. ...Read more

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Is bipolar and depression a disorder or a disease there is no detail

Is bipolar and depression a disorder or a disease there is no detail

Bipolar disorder: They are referred to as disorders.If you google disorder vs disease you will find that some dictionaries distinguish between the terms, with disease indicating something caused by a virus or bacteria and disorder having to do with congenital or mental illness.Some, however, make no distinction and the words have essentially become synonymous in common parlance as well as in the mrdical literature. ...Read more

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Is ADHD hereditary? My husband has adhd. Is ADHD an inherited condition? Will our children have it? .

Is ADHD hereditary? My husband has adhd. Is ADHD an inherited condition? Will our children have it?

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Runs in families: ADHD tends to run in families, especially among males. There is no way to predict if a future child will have aDHD. ...Read more

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