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Is it normal for when a child begins to take ADHD meds for him to have insomnia?

Is it normal for when a child begins to take ADHD meds for him to have insomnia?

Yes, it's possible. : Some of the medicines used for adhd can cause side effects which may impact a child's sleep. Always review side effects and risks of new medications with your doctor and monitor your child for changes in behavior (and mood) with changes in and new starts of medication. Also, kids (and adults) with adhd often have difficulty winding down and getting to sleep as part of their adhd symptoms. ...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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Is it possible to develop tolerance to propranolol? If I use it for performance anxiety may I need to step up my dosage over time?

Is it possible to develop tolerance to propranolol? If I use it for performance anxiety may I need to step up my dosage over time?

Not usually.: Intermittent use should not cause this. There is a lot of room to move with dosing on propranolol. You may develop an increased need for meds over time but may just as well be related to increased anxiety! ...Read more

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How long does it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet, if indeed he is going to respond?

How long does it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet, if indeed he is going to respond?

Separate out issues: If the kid has gluten sensitivity confirmed by lab tests and or intestinal biopsy, going gluten free can reduce the related digestive issues like it would any normal kid.It will not reverse autism or autism specific symptoms. Institution of restrictive diets can give you something to do, but is a waste of effort for most parents.With such issues there is always another "cure" just around the bend ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Seek treatment: Talk to your doctor! depression tx incl. Meds, psychotherapy (interpersonal & cognitive-behavioral), ect, & inpatient tx. Helpful are exercise, sleep hygiene, mindfulness, social support, spiritual connections, meaningful life purpose. If stopping meds is really important, develop a plan with your doc to step down, incl ways to know if you need to go back on meds (checklists, family sugg go back). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child or teen to get depression like adults do?

Is it possible for a child or teen to get depression like adults do?

Yes: Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different. Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeling or appearing depressed, kids and teens can look easily irritable. A child psychiatrist can help evaluate and tease out the symptoms. ...Read more

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When an adult is diagnosed with add/adhd what medication do they take and is it addictive and hard to get off of them?

When an adult is diagnosed with add/adhd what medication do they take and is it addictive and hard to get off of them?

Same meds as kids: Adhd medications are same for both children and adults. Stimulant medications like Concerta and Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) are first choice. People with adhd do not get addicted to them as they don't feel high on them. They are easy to get off. Stimulants are used as street drug 'speed' and addictive for non adhd persons. Strattera, Clonidine and Tenex are second line of drugs and cannot be abused. ...Read more

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My child is 3 and has apraxia for speech in the future would he be able to work and hold down a job.. Or is it possible to get disability for illness?

My child is 3 and has apraxia for speech in the future would he be able to work and hold down a job.. Or is it possible to get disability for illness?

Not a handicap: Apraxia of speech is a normal phase of speech development. More important is good hearing and good understanding. Apraxia just means problems with clear production of speech. This is very common and often corrects with time and speech therapy. You must not approach him in such a negative way. You must believe he is bright and capable and just needs some extra help. ...Read more

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While i'm on rituximab, is it dangerous for us (my wife and i) to try to have a baby? Or we should wait for me to finish the treatment first?

While i'm on rituximab, is it dangerous for us (my wife and i) to try to have a baby? Or we should wait for me to finish the treatment first?

Wait: Many drugs, including rituxan, (rituximab) could have harmful effects on a growing fetus. Wait until your therapy is over and discuss with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 4 year old not ready for potty training ? He can talk and is developmently normal. He can even read. It doesn't make sense .

Is it normal for a 4 year old not ready for potty training ? He can talk and is developmently normal. He can even read. It doesn't make sense .

Reading at age 4 is : not developmentally typical. Hyperlexia, reading decoding above age & grade level, sometimes occurs in kids with non-verbal learning disabilities, oddly enough, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder without cognitive impairment. Combined with a delay in self-help skills, it warrants evaluation by a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician & a child neuropsychologist for accurate diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Is it better to use a separate potty for my child?

Is it better to use a separate potty for my child?

Yes: Yes for several reasons. First - touching the floor is comforting to little ones and alleviates some fears. Two - they can practice while you go and learn and train better. Three - little, portable potties are great when taken in a car - they make training on the go so much easier - who wants to race to find a gross fast food restaurant bathroom? Use the potty in the car and dump when possible. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child with autism to respond to a gluten free diet?

Depends: There is no sure answer. Some kids, two weeks. Some kids six months. Some kids never. Some need other restrictions too, possibly dairy, possibly soy. Every child is different and no one treatment will work for each child, and some children will have a profound change, some a little bit, and some not at all. This makes it hard to do controlled studies, because there is not just one autism. ...Read more

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If I have an anxiety disorder and go to counseling regularly, is it still practical for me to go to grad school for counseling?

If I have an anxiety disorder and go to counseling regularly, is it still practical for me to go to grad school for counseling?

Why not ?: Unless you mean you are unable to function, why wouldn't it still be practical to go to grad school for counseling? Having the experience of your own of dealing with an anxiety disorder and getting treatment can make you more knowledgeable and more sensitive to others. In the course of your studies if you felt your anxiety was getting in the way, discuss that with your therapist. Good luck! ...Read more

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When is it good to look for help for my child with asperger’s syndrome?

When is it good to look for help for my child with asperger’s syndrome?

ASAP: There is ample research demonstrating that the earlier therapeutic intervention is initiated, the better the results. ...Read more

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I take vyvance for add. I see the difference and it is awesome. However can it be linked being irritable or anger in a 17 year old girl?

I take vyvance for add. I see the difference and it is awesome. However can it be linked being irritable or anger in a 17 year old girl?

Vyvance and ADD: Vyvance can cause irritability. It is important to talk with your doctor as your dosage may need adjusting. Also discuss with your doctor if you are having any other stressors such as family concerns, school problems, challenge with work or friends. There are many factors to irritablity and anger and might not be medication related. ...Read more

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Is it possible for thalassemia to show up for the first time when you're 18 years old?

Is it possible for thalassemia to show up for the first time when you're 18 years old?

Yes: Some of the minor thalassemias are quite compatible with a normal lifestyle & functioning. Common thal minor often presents as slight anemia that doesn't respond to iron supplements. But if the index of suspicion is not high, further testing may not be done. Many cases are picked up on tests done for another issue or as part of a thorough checkup. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child to be tested for autism?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child to be tested for autism?

Screening Tests: There are screening questionaires , that can be administered in your pediatricians office, such as the mini- chat, that takes a few minutes. It has been tested and validated to provide reasonable accuracy if checked at 18 and 24 months of age. ...Read more

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How long would a sleep med stay in a childs system would it give me enough time to take him to a dr. To draw blood and find out if this is happening?

How long would a sleep med stay in a childs system would it give me enough time to take him to a dr.  To draw blood and find out if this is happening?

Don't drug: Unless your child is under what we call deep sedation or general anesthesia, no med is going to make him oblivious to the fact you are sticking a needle in his arm. As soon as tourniquet goes on, he or she is going to wake up and put up whatever fight they would put up unmedicated. You are really only trying to make yourself feel better. Tell yourself this is for their well-being, and then do it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more