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Meaning Of Adhd
It is not: Aspies don't understand other people or why their odd behavior often provokes such bad reactions. By contrast, a sociopath is indifferent to the feelings of others and may get pleasure from making others unhappy. Aspies are educable and often grateful -- a treated aspie looks back with regret ; is often eager to do good for others. You can't reach a sociopath. ...Read more
Is adhd, add and odd forms of autism like aspergers, alway thought they were part of the spectrum?
Similar in both: Methylphenidate (ritalin) is a psychostimulant. The most common side effects (se) are loss of appetite, headache, nausea, stunted growth, restlessness and increased heart rate. Common side effects often not recognized are increased anger and/or dysphoria (unhappiness). The positive effects are reduced hyperactivity, improved attention and better focus. Children w/ ASD are more prone to ses. ...Read more
There ARE tests 4 it: Addis a neurobiological disorder, there are physical & neurodevelopmental findings. Synkinesiae, dysmetric eye movements, incoordination are easily found on exam. Tests of working memory r easily administered. Tower of london demonstrates statistically relavent findings diagnostic of add. So questionnaires are necessary, but of minimal use in the diagnosis. Therapeutic targets are state of the art. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: It depends on many things in your history and other symptoms you might be experiencing. Some illnesses do result in a person believing s/he has superhuman powers. But it's also possible to be clairvoyant, etc and have no diagnosable psychiatric illness. Considering the person's culture and how well s/he is functioning in other life areas would be important in better understanding this. ...Read more
What are the different classifications of personality disorders under the heading of borderline personality disorder?
No longer an issue: Because the underlying neurobiological and neurochemical bases are the same for both, add is now called adhd-primarily inattentive type. Adhd-primarily hyperactive/impulsive type is seen in preschool age children. Children with adhd-combined type are more commonly referred for treatment, as the hyperactive/impulsive symptoms draw attention. See chadd.Org for full explanation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is the cognitive enhancement effects of modafinil the same for people with adhd, and without adhd?
Actually, hmmm: Not in a strict medical sense, no. But a major problem with adhd kids is their inability to process information efficiently, be attentive to it, and inhibit extraneous stimuli. This combination usually leads to academic ineptitude or failure by high school. Many inattentive adhd kids are called ld for this reason, when in fact they are adhd. Ld can also occur as comorbidity with adhd. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Maladaptive pattern: Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a maladaptive patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods not condoned by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited to mood-altering or psycho-active drugs. Activity is also considered substance abuse when inappropriately used(as in steroids for performance enhancement). ...Read more
Some symptoms: Paranoid schizophrenia ? hostility or suspiciousness ? flat, expressionless gaze ? depression ? oversleeping or insomnia ? odd or irrational statements ? forgetful; unable to concentrate ? extreme reaction to criticism delusions and hallucinations are also common of a persecutory or grandiose nature (plots/conspiracies). ...Read more
Mania and depression: Mania usually includes decreased need for sleep, increased energy, increased self esteem and may include increased spending, impulsive behavior and irritability. Depression is characterized by low self esteem, low energy, low motivation, decreased interest in pleasurable activities and may include thoughts of worthlessness and even suicide as well as changes in appetite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can't breathe out...: Copd, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disorder where the lungs cannot breathe all of the air out. They can inflate easily, but they can't deflate as easily. Thus, over time, air gets trapped in the lungs causing symptoms, most prominently shortness of breath. This can be due to chronic inflammation (bronchitis) or emphysema (destruction of lung tissue). Mostly caused by smoking. ...Read more
Inability to move: The key feature of catatonia, which actually occurs in more than schizophrenia, is the inability to move at times. The person can stay still in one posture for hours at a time, leading to an inability to eat or perform other activities of daily living. There are also cases of "agitated catatonia" in which the person moves around in an agitated state doing motions that are purposeless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Once a child has traits of antisocial personality disorder, is there any hope of reversing the traits?
YES: Child learns from example. People around him should show love, respect, friendliness , kindness and other positive behavior for him to follow.Soon he will realize the negative attitude he is showing and later grow up to a responsible loving person. Thank god! ...Read more