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Over The Counter Treatment For Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Are there over-the-counter medications for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
No: Although seem people use caffeine (as pills or in food or drink), no over-the-counter medications have been shown to be effective for treating adhd. Some parents notice that their children are less symptomatic when ill and taking cough syrup, but that is general sedation and illness, not treatment of adhd specifically. ...Read more
Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?
Possibly: Many conditions may mimic adhd. Discuss with your pediatrician. Sleep disorders may respond to melatonin, dietary issues may respond to otc medications and dietary supplements. Caffiene's stimulant property can be helpful but can have problems with managing doseage and is short acting. ...Read more
ADHD: Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas has specialized lab tests for ADHD and other information. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Many: The best treatment, is a proper evaluation. Once the diagnosis is established and comorbidities, if present addressed, the medications, usually stimulants are first line therapy along with behavioral intervention.Parenting, exercise, neurofeedback have demonstrated benefit, specially as adjuct therapies. Interactime metronome, cognitive training helps in some pts, dietary changes, vit etc, anecdotal response. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: There are multiple reason from affected areas of the brain to problems with neurotransmitter levels that is the reason treatments vary from patients to patients and is such a complex disease. ...Read more
What are some of the non-drug treatments for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?
What medical treatment options are available for kids with attention deficit without hyperactivity?
Stimulant & non-: stimulant medications are equally as effective for ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type as for ADHD-Combined Type. The 9 symptoms of Inattention impact academics more than the 9 symptoms. Of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity. One research method to measure efficacy of ADHD meds is to confirm that the kids get more math problems done & more correct when meds levels are optimal in their bloodstreams. ...Read more
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
Yes: Either with therapy or medication but most often with both. Often learning disabilities are co-morbid with adhd and need to be evaluated. Also the symptoms of adhd can be present in other disorders which need to be assessed before assuming the diagnosis is adhd. ...Read more
By their behavior: They would interrupt you frequently, usually moving their feet, moving to a different subject in their conversation multiple times. Couldn't finish a task or reading a page in an appropriate time. ...Read more
Complicated: Adhd is diagnosed in the us much more than in any other developed country, and the use of medications for it are even more disproportionate. Some argue this proves we're overdiagnosing and overtreating adhd in the us, others, that adhd is underappreciated outside the us. A big change is ongoing treatment in adolescents and adults, leading to concerns about medication misuse and diversion, . ...Read more
What are some of the risk factors for getting Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children?
What can I do if my son has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd) and I have always wondered why?
Generally inherited: Children have either inherited the traits of adhd or have acquired them from an infection or trauma to the brain. Often a parent, or extended family members have similar features. 75% of affected children are inattentive, not hyperactive. Psychological/neuropsychological testing can check for learning disabilities that may be evident or will develop in the future. ...Read more
Different disorders: Adhd refers to problems with attention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. "executive" functions are not as well developed as they should be. Asperger's falls in the autism spectrum. Asperger's symptoms include poor social skills, odd communication style (sing-song like speech), difficulty with changes in routines, preoccupations, and heightened sensitivity to sights and sounds. ...Read more
It depends on the: Person. Each human being is truly an individual! ...Read more
Not really: Adhd symptoms typically become less severe during adolescence, and about 30-40% of adults who once had adhd no longer have impairing symptoms. But, currently, we have not treatment that gets rid of this disorder. A number of treatments can greatly reduce major symptoms, but they return when the treatments stop. ...Read more
Qualified Clinician: There's no definitive diagnostic test for adhd — no blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screen — so it's not easy to tell whether a child or an adult has the disorder. A good clinical evaluation performed by a qualified individual such as a pediatrician, psychiatrist or psychologist is essential. Psychological testing can be beneficial in making this diagnosis. Start with your primary md. ...Read more
A proper evaluation: A proper assessment by a qualified, expirienced clinician is the best help for adhd. Once the evaluation is done, then a proper plan of care could be determined based on findings. ...Read more
Three Core Symptoms: There are three core symptoms of adhd as it is currently understood, and the diagnostic criteria come from one of these three symptoms. They are: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It is possible to have problems particularly with inattention without the other two. ...Read more
Real biological: Adhd persists into adulthood 65% of the time. Hundreds of studies have proven it to be a neurobiological disorder with a genetic and neurotoxic basis. It is not a conglomeration of symptoms. See my health hints and health files for further information. ...Read more
Symptoms: If you have the symptoms of adhd, as dr. Ali answered, then you may have the disorder. Check with your doctor for an evaluation or referral. See chadd. Org or nimh site: http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/can-adults-have-adhd. Shtml. I've got a copy on my health files. ...Read more
It seems to be: Diagnosed more often today than say 10 years ago. This can happen when a diagnosis gets a lot of attention in the news. This is a good thing since many people who had adhd in the past grew up thinking they were lazy, stupid or had behavioral problems. Not knowing what caused their problems led to low self esteem and poor school and work performance. Today they can be helped with therapy and meds. ...Read more
A partial list: First, adhd is highly heritable, so having a parent or sibling who has adhd or a family history of adhd is the most common set-up. Then comes prematurity; the smaller the baby, the higher the risk of adhd. Many genetic syndromes are associated with with adhd, giving researchers the opportunity to look at the genes involved with adhd. Less common are brain infections or injuries. ...Read more
More awareness: There's more awareness & acceptance of this diagnosis. It's always been with us, ~5% of the us population, but it went undignosed in children for too long. There is no evidence that anything other than inheritance & neurotrauma (prenatal nicotine, alcohol, mj, Cocaine exposure; prematurity, inflammation, perinatal stress, multiple births, oxygen deprivation, or intrauterine malnutrition)are cause. ...Read more