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What age can a child be put on medicine for having adhd?

What age can a child be put on medicine for having adhd?

EARLY: I have seen some under 5 years old, but psychiatric eval should come 1st, including eval of family. Symptoms might be from something else. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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My 3 year old son is speech delayed and has a processing disorder as well as could be mildly autistic, according to his psychiatrist. Does this mean he is on the spectrum?

My 3 year old son is speech delayed and has a processing disorder as well as could be mildly autistic, according to his psychiatrist. Does this mean he is on the spectrum?

AUTISM SPECTRUM: Disorder(asd): yes, sounds like. Impairment in 2 major domains: 1. Deficit in social communication ; interaction; 2. Restricted, repetitive pattern of behavior, interests ; activities. Management: individualized acc. To age ; specific needs. Multidisciplinary approach to improve social functioning, communication ; adaptive skills; promote academic functioning/cognition ; reduce negative behavior. ...Read more

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My 15 month old has an attention span of like 2 seconds and is very mean to other kids her dad has ADHD bipolar and ptsd is the cause for concern?

My 15 month old has an attention span of like 2 seconds and is very mean to other kids her dad has ADHD bipolar and ptsd is the cause for concern?

No, yes, and maybe.: A toddler with short attention is not a concern, but yes a toddler who's mean to others is a problem. Parents with such a child can work with a pediatrician plus learn special parenting skills to get rid of the meanness. A history of psychiatric illness is both bad and good. It's bad to have, but it's good that the illness is known, so parents can try to prevent the child from getting the illness. ...Read more

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If a child is given ADHD meds of different types, and none work, is it safe to say that ADHD is not the problem?

If a child is given ADHD meds of different types, and none work, is it safe to say that ADHD is not the problem?

It suggests so: Not completely but it certainly raises that possibility. But remember some meds work for 1 patient and not another.But make sure your evaluation is done by a trained professional. Also some patients have add/adhd but also other coexisting diagnoses such as anxiety, ocd , etc. ...Read more

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How does the bio-psychosocial framework help us understand whether a child is age appropriately on track developmentally, or delayed? As aprofessional

How does the bio-psychosocial framework help us understand whether a child is age appropriately on track developmentally, or delayed? As aprofessional

Developmental/ : Behavioral Pediatricians use a biopsychosocial model to look for genetic, biological/ medical & environmental factors that lead to a child's difficulties in development/ academics, behavior & peer interaction. Standardized tests of all developmental domains from birth-4, IQ, processing & achievement in kids 5 & up & communication, social/adaptive & motor skills in all ages reveal areas of delay. ...Read more

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What is the general consensus on adding intuniv to my child's stimulant for under-controlled ADHD symptoms?

What is the general consensus on adding intuniv to my child's stimulant for under-controlled ADHD symptoms?

Could help ,but.....: Before adding a second med, or a cocktail of meds, please make sure that the diagnosis is revisited, the child receives a proper dose, and there are not other coexisitng factors affecting the therapeutic response. ...Read more

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Female patient is on risperdal and adderall; she also has high func. Autism and ADHD and is 11 yrs old. Is this a seizure?

Female patient is on risperdal and adderall; she also has high func. Autism and ADHD and is 11 yrs old. Is this a seizure?

Question is unclear: I'm not sure i understand what you are asking. You describe an 11 year old child with adhd on an antipsychotic and an amphetamine. The Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is most likely being used to treat the adhd. I'm not sure why she is on the risperdal, and i'm not sure what you are referring to as to is this (what) a seizure. Please clarify. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a really hyperactive child and a child with adhd?

What are the differences between a really hyperactive child and a child with adhd?

Several...: Children with adhd who are hyperactive, also are easily distracted, impulsive and have trouble organizing tasks, all characteristics of adhd. If a child only exhibits active behavior, without these other symptoms, they do not have adhd. ...Read more

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What is the autism medication treatment for children and teenagers?

What is the autism medication treatment for children and teenagers?

A None I'm aware of: Autism, or the expanded spectrum, label placed on kids or adults with behaviors & differences in function that fit a specific pattern. There is no medication that i'm aware of for autism, although many have been tried over the years. Each patient may have individual needs based on testing & exam that would deserve medications. These would be prescribed & monitored on a case by case basis. ...Read more

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If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis. It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities. Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings. If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more

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Is it weird for my son to have ADHD inattentive type instead of the hyperactive type?

Is it weird for my son to have ADHD inattentive type instead of the hyperactive type?

Not at all: The predominantly inattentive subtype of adhd is the most common variety in males & females, therefore, it is likely to be present in any child with a higher likelihood. In the "old days, " hyperactivity was used as the predominant symptom of adhd, but we now know that it is the control of activity, rather than the activity itself that is the basic pathophysiology (that which is abnormal) in adhd. ...Read more

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What is the common age for a child to appear with ADHD symptoms?

What is the common age for a child to appear with ADHD symptoms?

Diagnosis at 4: According to the american academy of pediatrics, the diagnosis can be made in a child as young as 4 years of age. ...Read more

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How is ADHD diagnosed in children? How are kids diagnosed with adhd? Is there a test or screening that can tell me for sure if my child has it? .

How is ADHD diagnosed in children? How are kids diagnosed with adhd? Is there a test or screening that can tell me for sure if my child has it?

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Exclusion first: Before you diagnose adhd you must exclude a long list of other problems. The screening test is here http://www.Adhdoractivechild.Com/adhd-test but excluding the other problems that can look like adhd is an entirely different story. What are your child's symptoms? ...Read more

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Does dyslexia affect someone's level of intelligence? My eight-year-old son was just diagnosed with dyslexia. I'm concerned this will label him as "dumb" or needing special education. Does dyslexia mean my son has limited intelligence? .

Does dyslexia affect someone's level of intelligence? My eight-year-old son was just diagnosed with dyslexia. I'm concerned this will label him as "dumb" or needing special education. Does dyslexia mean my son has limited intelligence?

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No.: Dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Many smart accomplished people are dyslexic. It may make it hard for him to learn though, without additional support. Special ed can him help overcome the dyslexia, with specialized reading instruction and additional tools (audio recordings, etc). Please help him get these services at school so he can learn up to his potential and not be limited by it. ...Read more

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What age can a child be put on medicine for bedwetting?

What age can a child be put on medicine for bedwetting?

A CAREFUL EVAL: A careful evaluation is in order. Bedwetting in an older child may be a sign of stress. Family situation should be evaluated (in older child school also). Or the young child may be devekopmentally normal. You want to be clear about why you approach bedwetting with meds. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit disorder at the same time?

Yes and no: If you have autism that precludes giving you the DX of adhd, because if you have autism , pretty much would expect the symptoms of adhd to be present. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Name that diagnosis: Your question is very complex as is your child. It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause. ...Read more

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What is a receptive and expressive language impairment , my child is 6 and told she has this and learning disibility and mild anxiety, thanks ?

What is a receptive and expressive language impairment , my child is 6 and told she has this  and learning disibility and mild anxiety, thanks ?

Receptive language: has tto do w/the ability to process/understand what is being said to your daughter. Expressive language has to do w/her ability to make herself known/understood w/language. Learning specialists, perhaps found through your school district or doc, can help. All of the above can make her anxious, which interferes w/communication. Lots of reasons to hope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there any new treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) in children??

Is there any new treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) in children??

ADHD: Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas has specialized lab tests for ADHD and other information. Peace and good health. ...Read more