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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
ADD was last used in: 1980, having been replaced by ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type in the DSM-IV & DSM V to stress that the underlying neuropathology is the same as that for ADHD-Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can a person have attention deficit disorder and autism, or is add defined as not having also autism?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Is there a difference between add and adhd? My doctor tends to use "add" and "adhd" somewhat interchangeably. What is the difference?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer