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What sort of problem is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

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In brief: Focus.impulsv.hyper

Adhd: symptoms including attention deficit (inability to maintain focus), impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity.
Symptoms are typical and normal for 4 year olds, but start affecting all aspects of life (academic, social, family, athletic) when they persist beyond. Vanderbilt forms help objectively. Behavior modification, school involvement, and mainly stimulant medication are used as treatment.

In brief: Focus.impulsv.hyper

Adhd: symptoms including attention deficit (inability to maintain focus), impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity.
Symptoms are typical and normal for 4 year olds, but start affecting all aspects of life (academic, social, family, athletic) when they persist beyond. Vanderbilt forms help objectively. Behavior modification, school involvement, and mainly stimulant medication are used as treatment.
Dr. Richard Auerbach
Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Dr. James Eyerman
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Focusing problem

Functional MRI studies can define the brain regions involved in adhd.
A simple model for adhd focusing problems is the old cathode ray tv screens with focus controls; if it is out of clear focus, then the images are quite difficult -frustrating- to distinguish. Thus, those with adhd have to struggle to pay attention, and are often distracted and can be irritable.

In brief: Focusing problem

Functional MRI studies can define the brain regions involved in adhd.
A simple model for adhd focusing problems is the old cathode ray tv screens with focus controls; if it is out of clear focus, then the images are quite difficult -frustrating- to distinguish. Thus, those with adhd have to struggle to pay attention, and are often distracted and can be irritable.
Dr. James Eyerman
Dr. James Eyerman
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Changes in brain

structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd validate the diagnosis of ADHD as a neurodevelopmental disorder with significant symptoms of Inattention &/or Hyperactivity/Impulsivity that impact learning, peer interaction &/or behavior, often over a person's lifespan.
CHADD.org is a good resource to learn about ADHD diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with ADHD at all ages.

In brief: Changes in brain

structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd validate the diagnosis of ADHD as a neurodevelopmental disorder with significant symptoms of Inattention &/or Hyperactivity/Impulsivity that impact learning, peer interaction &/or behavior, often over a person's lifespan.
CHADD.org is a good resource to learn 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. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Brain focus

The problem is mainly in how the patient's brain interacts with their environment.
It can be associated with reading problems such as dyslexia, but is a separate mental focus issue. There are some glasses that will aid patients in specially selected cases. www.ireadbetternow.com.

In brief: Brain focus

The problem is mainly in how the patient's brain interacts with their environment.
It can be associated with reading problems such as dyslexia, but is a separate mental focus issue. There are some glasses that will aid patients in specially selected cases. www.ireadbetternow.com.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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