31 doctors weighed in:

Is ADHD a real disease?

31 doctors weighed in
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
23 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Changes in brain structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd in peer-reviewed studies have validated the diagnosis of adhd as a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms that can impact learning, peer interaction and behavior over a person's lifespan.
Chadd.Org is a good resource for learning about adhd diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with adhd at all ages.

In brief: Yes

Changes in brain structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd in peer-reviewed studies have validated the diagnosis of adhd as a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms that can impact learning, peer interaction and behavior over a person's lifespan.
Chadd.Org is a good resource for learning about adhd diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with adhd at all ages.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: YES!!!

The first person to describe add adhd (attention deficit disorder) in its commonly accepted sense was a physician, dr. Heinrich hoffman.
Back in 1845. It is thought to be an imbalance with Dopamine and norepinephrine and can be quite genetic.

In brief: YES!!!

The first person to describe add adhd (attention deficit disorder) in its commonly accepted sense was a physician, dr. Heinrich hoffman.
Back in 1845. It is thought to be an imbalance with Dopamine and norepinephrine and can be quite genetic.
Dr. Cyma Khalily
Dr. Cyma Khalily
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Adhd

Yes it is, with inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

In brief: Adhd

Yes it is, with inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is a chronic disorder which first appears in childhood.

In brief: Yes

It is a chronic disorder which first appears in childhood.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No,and yes

Not a disease in thr true sense of the word.
But yes it is real, a real disorder that causes significant impairment in everyday functions of both children and adults.A slightly atypical behavior is not adhd, .

In brief: No,and yes

Not a disease in thr true sense of the word.
But yes it is real, a real disorder that causes significant impairment in everyday functions of both children and adults.A slightly atypical behavior is not adhd, .
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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1 comment
Dr. William Singer
ADHD is a neurochemical disease. It is caused by an imbalance in the Dopamine and Nor epinephrine levels in the brain. Unfortunately, professionals mix up ADHD with other disorders of attention and factors that interfere with attention such as anxiety, medical problems such as Thyroid disease, poor sleep and diet habits, inappropriate school placement and behavior issues.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Adhd attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is often caused or worsened by fluctuating blood sugars as a result of sweet drinks.
Reactive hypoglycemia leads to inability to concentrate as the brain is temporarily starved for glucose. Then the low sugar levels stimulate the release of adrenaline leading to the hyperactivity. There are other contibuting factors as well, mineral deficiency, hormo.

In brief: Yes

Adhd attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is often caused or worsened by fluctuating blood sugars as a result of sweet drinks.
Reactive hypoglycemia leads to inability to concentrate as the brain is temporarily starved for glucose. Then the low sugar levels stimulate the release of adrenaline leading to the hyperactivity. There are other contibuting factors as well, mineral deficiency, hormo.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Disorder not disease

As dr. Villar wrote, adhd is a disorder. It is characterized by a set of observable behaviors that can cause mild to severe impairment and often responds to specific treatments.
It almost certainly is not one disease, and the cause remains unknown; however, evidence strongly suggests that, present from early in life, it is diagnosed when expectations outstrip ability to focus and follow rules.

In brief: Disorder not disease

As dr. Villar wrote, adhd is a disorder. It is characterized by a set of observable behaviors that can cause mild to severe impairment and often responds to specific treatments.
It almost certainly is not one disease, and the cause remains unknown; however, evidence strongly suggests that, present from early in life, it is diagnosed when expectations outstrip ability to focus and follow rules.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

And it only gets worse with procrastination.
If you or your loved one have symptoms that could be attributed to adhd, get a thotough assessment by an experienced professional....The stress, frustration and long live sequelae of this disorder are serious and debilitating.Early help usually brings better outcome, or at least better adaptation.

In brief: Yes

And it only gets worse with procrastination.
If you or your loved one have symptoms that could be attributed to adhd, get a thotough assessment by an experienced professional....The stress, frustration and long live sequelae of this disorder are serious and debilitating.Early help usually brings better outcome, or at least better adaptation.
Dr. Andres R Villar
Dr. Andres R Villar
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Adhd

Yes, with defined signs and symptoms.

In brief: Adhd

Yes, with defined signs and symptoms.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There are very few "real" anythings in the world.
Adhd is a clearly defined inherited neurobiologic disorder of executive cortical function. It has a set of symptoms, clear neurologic & neurodevelopmental findings, specific tests, and is medically diagnosable. See amer acad ped for good summary pediatrics.Aappublications.Org/content/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654.Full.Pdf>.

In brief: Yes

There are very few "real" anythings in the world.
Adhd is a clearly defined inherited neurobiologic disorder of executive cortical function. It has a set of symptoms, clear neurologic & neurodevelopmental findings, specific tests, and is medically diagnosable. See amer acad ped for good summary pediatrics.Aappublications.Org/content/early/2011/10/14/peds.2011-2654.Full.Pdf>.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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