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Inattention = adhd?

26 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
10 doctors agree

In brief: Bad name

Adhd is a poor description of a disorder that involves inefficient executive brain function.
Poor management of brain activity results in "adhd." the new dsm will discontinue this confusing name. Many things can disrupt attention - anxiety depression poor comprehension pain - but people with adhd have a fundamental inefficiency in managing brain activity. This results in symptoms of adhd.

In brief: Bad name

Adhd is a poor description of a disorder that involves inefficient executive brain function.
Poor management of brain activity results in "adhd." the new dsm will discontinue this confusing name. Many things can disrupt attention - anxiety depression poor comprehension pain - but people with adhd have a fundamental inefficiency in managing brain activity. This results in symptoms of adhd.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Yes, "attention dysregulation," not deficit. "Minimal Brain Dysfunction" or the Swedes' Disorder of Att. & Motor Planning (DAMP) come close
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Not neccearily

Attention deficit is a necessary symptom for a diagnosis for adhd but not all issues with attention are due to adhd.
Problems with attention can also be seen in disinterest in particular subject, immaturity, post head injury syndrome, delerium etc.

In brief: Not neccearily

Attention deficit is a necessary symptom for a diagnosis for adhd but not all issues with attention are due to adhd.
Problems with attention can also be seen in disinterest in particular subject, immaturity, post head injury syndrome, delerium etc.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Only part

Adhd is a syndrome with several major symptoms that occur to greater or lesser degrees in a specific individual--poor focus, short attention span, high activity level, and high impulsivity.
The blend of these symptoms will determine the type of adhd and the type of problems. It is a clinical diagnosis and probably reflects multiple different disorders with similar final behaviors.

In brief: Only part

Adhd is a syndrome with several major symptoms that occur to greater or lesser degrees in a specific individual--poor focus, short attention span, high activity level, and high impulsivity.
The blend of these symptoms will determine the type of adhd and the type of problems. It is a clinical diagnosis and probably reflects multiple different disorders with similar final behaviors.
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

Inattention=inattention .
Adhd=inattention+hyperactivity+impulsivity which also equals brain dysregulation, a more appropriate description of what is going on.

In brief: No

Inattention=inattention .
Adhd=inattention+hyperactivity+impulsivity which also equals brain dysregulation, a more appropriate description of what is going on.
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree

In brief: There are specific

Criteria for diagnosing adhd-primarily inattentive type & other conditions stated by dr. A.
Chadd.Org has a full explanation. Pediatricians may diagnose & manage adhd or refer to a child psychiatrist, neurologist or developmental/behavioral pediatrician.Adult psychiatrists evaluate & treat patients >18 yrs. Old. (neuro)psychologists test for learning disabilities & provide therapy for all ages.

In brief: There are specific

Criteria for diagnosing adhd-primarily inattentive type & other conditions stated by dr. A.
Chadd.Org has a full explanation. Pediatricians may diagnose & manage adhd or refer to a child psychiatrist, neurologist or developmental/behavioral pediatrician.Adult psychiatrists evaluate & treat patients >18 yrs. Old. (neuro)psychologists test for learning disabilities & provide therapy for all ages.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Gregg Friedman
Gregg L. Friedman MD Psychiatrist agrees.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Way More Complicated

"inattention" is a symptom of various conditions, including boredom! diagnosing adhd requires evaluating symptoms & their history and ruling out other disorders.
Its symptoms overlap widely w/those of other disorders e.g., anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Also, someone may be diagnosed w/ adhd and w/ other disorder(s). See psychiatrist or clinical psychologist 4 thorough assessment.

In brief: Way More Complicated

"inattention" is a symptom of various conditions, including boredom! diagnosing adhd requires evaluating symptoms & their history and ruling out other disorders.
Its symptoms overlap widely w/those of other disorders e.g., anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc. Also, someone may be diagnosed w/ adhd and w/ other disorder(s). See psychiatrist or clinical psychologist 4 thorough assessment.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Gregg Friedman
Gregg L. Friedman MD Psychiatrist agrees.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: No, inattention is

Not add. Add is the inability to focus and concentrate, not simply not listening!

In brief: No, inattention is

Not add. Add is the inability to focus and concentrate, not simply not listening!
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many reasonsi

Inattention is not always due to adhd other causes.
Include inadequate sleep, inappropriate diet, learning disorders, inappropriate educational placement, excessive noise in class, medications that cause sedation or jitteryness, anxiety disorders, depression to name a few. See your pediatrician who investigate the cause of inattention or refer you to a specialist for evuation and treatment.

In brief: Many reasonsi

Inattention is not always due to adhd other causes.
Include inadequate sleep, inappropriate diet, learning disorders, inappropriate educational placement, excessive noise in class, medications that cause sedation or jitteryness, anxiety disorders, depression to name a few. See your pediatrician who investigate the cause of inattention or refer you to a specialist for evuation and treatment.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Or Peled
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ask them to see a doctor

Most pediatrician, at this stage, know a lot about adhd adhd is not an illness if your parents get upset at you, if you have social issue, if your school work is poor, mention it to your pediatrician on your next visit she/he may help you.

In brief: Ask them to see a doctor

Most pediatrician, at this stage, know a lot about adhd adhd is not an illness if your parents get upset at you, if you have social issue, if your school work is poor, mention it to your pediatrician on your next visit she/he may help you.
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Dr. Stephen Guffanti
Occupational Medicine

In brief: Some types of ADHD

There are 3 types of adhd - hyperactive, inattentive and combined.
In order to diagnose inattentive you need to rule out all other possibilities like parents divorcing or death in the family or food allergies. The list is long.

In brief: Some types of ADHD

There are 3 types of adhd - hyperactive, inattentive and combined.
In order to diagnose inattentive you need to rule out all other possibilities like parents divorcing or death in the family or food allergies. The list is long.
Dr. Stephen Guffanti
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Adhd

Inattention plus impulsivity plus hyperactivity, iis adhd.

In brief: Adhd

Inattention plus impulsivity plus hyperactivity, iis adhd.
Dr. Alan Ali
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