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Doctor insights on: Treating Attention Deficit Disorder Without Medication

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What medication is available daily for attention deficit disorder?

What medication is available daily for attention deficit disorder?

Stimulants are still: The safest & most effective. The two stimulants, amphetamine & methlyphenidate, come in long, short & medium-acting delivery systems. One form is the active half of the mph molecule. Other are mixed amphetine salts; & mas + a lysine molecule. They differ in timing of onset of action, peak effect, & duration of action. Non-stimulants atomoxetine & Guanfacine are given daily & don't "wear off.". ...Read more

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Inattention (Definition)

Inattention is a clinical finding in which a person has decreased attention span. This can occur in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ...Read more


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What to do about attention deficit disorder kids who are mild? How to decide whether to use medication or not?

What to do about attention deficit disorder kids who are mild?  How to decide whether to use medication or not?

The only reason to : Treat adhd is when it causes harmful dysfunction in the child who has it. Impairments present differently at different stages of development. Deficits in auditory short-term memory, active working memory, executive functions & compliance, related to inattention, impact academics. Impulsive/hyperactive symptoms more often impact behavior & peer interaction. Evaluation by a specialist may be needed. ...Read more

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Should a child on a anti-seizure medication be on a add (attention deficit disorder)?

Should a child on a anti-seizure medication be on a add (attention deficit disorder)?

Only if has ADD: Some children have both seizures and adhd. Stimulants have some risk of increasing risk of seizures; but, usually, if seizures are well controlled, adding stimulants or other adhd medications will have little to no effect on seizures and may greatly help other aspects of the child's functioning. ...Read more

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What drug would you recommend for a 9-year old with attention deficit disorder?

What drug would you recommend for a 9-year old with attention deficit disorder?

Individualize: We often choose first-line medications for adhdby factoring in comorbid conditions like anxiety or odd, but we may not have luck with the first one. Be prepared for a process that usually starts with a low dose of a stimulant + parent, teacher & dr. Communication for changing dose or medication. Read " straight talk about psychiatric medications for kids" by dr. Tim wilens. ...Read more

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How do attention deficit disorder drugs work based upon neurotransmitter activity in the brain?

How do attention deficit disorder drugs work based upon neurotransmitter activity in the brain?

Dopamine: The stimulant medications (like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and ritalin), which are the best meds for adhd, work primarily by increasing the neurotransmitter Dopamine in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which controls executive functioning, which lets you plan, shift from task to task, and focus. People with adhd have a shortage of Dopamine in this area. ...Read more

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Can a person have attention deficit disorder without having learning disabilities?

Can a person have attention deficit disorder without having learning disabilities?

Certainly: About 1/3 of individuals with adhd also have a learning disorder--and likewise, about 1/3 of those with a learning disorder have adhd. The two together can make school that much tougher, but there are good treatments for both. ...Read more

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What causes attention deficit disorder?

What causes attention deficit disorder?

ADD : Seems to be due to differences in how the brain processes information, since medication reduces the symptoms of attention deficit disorder ...Read more

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How do you diagnose attention deficit disorder?

How do you diagnose attention deficit disorder?

No biological marker: exists for any of the 3 types of ADHD. Criteria: 6/9 significant symptoms of inattention with or without 6/9 significant symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity that began before age 10 & caused harmful dysfunction at school/work & home for 6 months or more. Diagnosis: medical, educational, psychological & family history + physical, neurological, neurodevelopmental & (neuro)psychological testing. ...Read more

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What to do if I have attention deficit disorder?

What to do if I have attention deficit disorder?

Have it evaluated: The treatments available for this disorder are often schedule 2 controlled drugs that require prescription and are monitored by state and federal authorities. A proper evaluation by your physician along with charted documentation of your history and problems are necessary. Other non adhd issues can have symptoms that appear similar. ...Read more

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How can I treat attention deficit disorder (add)?

How can I treat attention deficit disorder (add)?

Seek evaluation by a: Skilled clinician to confirm diagnosis and offer recommendations for your specific circumstances. Meanwhile additudemagazine.Com is an excellent resource regarding many aspects of understanding and treating adhd. Best regards. ...Read more

Distractibility (Definition)

A condition in which the attention of the mind is easily distracted by ...Read more