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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that can affect children and adults and characterized by becoming easily bored, constant fidgeting and daydreaming.
This is only a question a professional can answer because it depends strictly on the individual. 10 people will react differently with ADD so the professional has to take one individual at a time to decide what is the best way to evaluate the recovery and what therapy is still needed to help this pe…
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I am 42 and was tested and told i have adhd and a learning disability in 2001. I wasn't sure how to feel or what this meant for me. I felt angry that my whole life i struggled with school, work,family,my husband and kids. and now you tell me . So being the stubborn person I learned to be I didn't as…
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Often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while seated.Having difficulty remaining seated.Having difficulty awaiting turn in games or group activities.Often blurting out answers before questions are completed.Having difficulty in following instructions.Having difficulty sustaining attention i…
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) refers to a family of related cognitive disorders that interfere with a person's capacity to have normal activity levels (hyperactivity), hold back on impulsive behaviour (impulsivity), and focus on tasks (inattention) in developmentally appropriate wa…
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The frequency of occurence of ADHD can vary from country to country. We may note that funnily, the instances of ADHD in developed countries is higher than in under-developed countries. This is majorly attributed to the lack of established mechanisms to diagnose and treat the condition in most develo…
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ADHD TestAn objective physiological measure of ADHD has been elusive. However, research by Jason Alster MSc has shown that when an ADD person tries to sit still , do a boring task, or concentrate- they actually enter stress as measured by electro dermal activity. This marker is positive in the major…
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Behaviors can be judged as normal or "problem" ADD by evaluating them in relation to the person's age and developmental maturity. For example, the same behaviors that are acceptable in a 5-year old may be problematic for a 10-year old. Problem behaviors are also long lasting, tend to occur more oft…
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Answer You can find out more about ADD/ADHD by contacting the National Women's Health Information Center (800-994-9662) or the following organizations: National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) Phone: (301) 443-4513 Web Site Address: http://www.nimh.nih.gov National Mental Health Services Know…
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Life can be hard for a child with ADHD. They're the ones who are so often in trouble at school, can't finish a game, and have trouble making friends. They may spend agonizing hours each night struggling to keep their mind on their homework, then forget to bring it to school. It is not easy coping wi…
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Many parents have tried nutritional methods, such as taking sugar out of the child's diet, before they seek medical attention. A small body of research has suggested that some children may benefit from nutritional treatments, but there are no well-established methods that have consistently shown to …
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ADD Medications Psychostimulant medications, including methylphenidate (Ritalin�) and amphetamines (Dexedrine�, Dextrostat�, and Adderall�), are by far the most widely researched and commonly prescribed treatments for ADHD. Several short-term studies have proven the safety and effectiveness …
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Answer There are various forms of behavioral treatments used for children with ADD/ADHD, including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, support groups, and parent and educator skills training. An example of very intensive behavior therapy was used in the Multimodal…
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Up to 70% of children with ADD/ADHD will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. The main symptoms of ADD/ADHD in adults are trouble managing time and struggling with memory and disorganization. ADD/ADHD in adults is often referred to as the "hidden disorder" because its symptoms can often be conf…
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%FOLLOWUPS% Many girls and women with ADD/ADHD are often undiagnosed because their symptoms look different from those in boys or men. Many girls or women may not appear hyperactive. Girls are usually less rebellious, less defiant and generally considered less difficult than boys. Boys who are hyp…
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My son was ridiculously hyperactive in his first four years, then petit mal (absence seizures) were exceptionally noticeable-even up to four minutes if left alone, and he could automatically do just about everything- scary concept if ur child is crossing the street alone on his way to school, or pla…
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%FOLLOWUPS% I'm sure deception was never the doctor's intention.It may very well have been an IQ test you were given, but I suspect any kind of written test would have served.The results of the test were not at issue. IQ doesn't necessarily have anything to do with ADD.Has it occured to you at al…
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Answer Have you tried the Learning Assessment & Neurocare Centre in Horsham, West Sussex? (01403 240004) Answer No I have not heard of it I am diagnosed by the Maudsley and not getting the help I ought to have A good place to start would be Adults with Attention Deficit Diosrder UK. Se…
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At first he might be worse, but he'll be better off in the long run. ADD pills can cause heart problems, growth problems, psychosis, even hyperactivity, and your child's very life could be in danger. Tourette's and ocd have also been known to develop. However, it is dangerous to take him off all at …
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Opinion My advice would be to find other people with ADD in the area who are being treated, and find out who their doctor is and how well the treatment is working. You should be able to find someone pretty quickly that way. I had great effects from taking my kids to Sensory Integration therapy (an a…
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Thank you to all the helpful and generous people who shared their personal experience on this page. Your input is invaluable to others who have been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD and the people who share their lives. It is also extremely helpful and full of information for anyone who suspects they may hav…
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No; repetitive movements are more likely to be a symptom of autism. Twitching or fidgeting are symptoms of ADHD that involve movement.
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no its not really easy to fall asleep with ADHD in fact I have it and for me it is hard to fall asleep i take melatonin and it helps me fall asleep and when you yell alot you have adhd or add .i pinch myself when i get angry if you have it try to find somthing that will make you able to be mad at yo…
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Yes, there are online evaluations on the Internet to screen for ADHD. The most reliable one is the Jasper/Goldberg Adult ADHD Questionnaire. You should not take the advice of an online test above a doctor's diagnosis, however, printing out the questionnaire and taking it with you to the doctors offi…
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As a teacher of students with Varying Exceptionalities, I've worked with many students who have ADD and ADHD. Your quickest route to go would be to notify the child's pediatrician of your concerns, and request that the teacher begin the process for testing-if her learning seems to be inhibited. It …
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I'm not a medical doctor just a wife and Mom. My husband and 9 year old son are both adhd but only my husband has both adhd and enuresis. Our nephew (husbands side) is 13 is adhd and also has enuresis. So I do believe that there is a link. don't forget not alot of people will discuss enuresis with …
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Yes, with conditions. The United States Military generally avoids recruiting people that require a daily medication for an illness (such as diabetes, thyroid conditions, and ADHD). It is best if you take a daily medication to discontinue use for a year before you apply to join the army. If you do no…
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Open your mouth and let the words come out! Dextrostat (d-amphetamine sulfate) is simply another brand name under which this amphetamine is marketed. Amphetamines are Schedule II (C-II) Controlled Substances - no refills in any state in the Union and quantity limitations usually of a 30-day supply o…
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You are born with it. Look it up in the DSM, look at specialists websites, most likely its genetic(my mom and grandma have it as do I) BUt you cant catch it and most do not grow out of it. Primarily it involves a genetic disposition that leaves you susceptible to getting it. I had a psychology …
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It depends greatly on your situation. From collected experiences that you can see in the discussion feature of this question, most people seem pleased with the way it eases the ADHD symptoms. There are side effects though, and a few people have had some increase in edginess or anxiety (and far fewer…
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A harmful misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD is diagnosing children with ADD/HD who actually don't have the disorder at all. Some children are mistaken to have ADD/HD when in fact they are just being kids. A misdiagnosis of ADD/HD could mean that a child is put on unneeded meds which in turn could be dangerou…
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See a GOOD doctor, the only way to tell I wouldn't suggest using an online test. I was wrongly diagnosed with dyslexia, using a doctor, and it wasn't until this summer that I was tested again, this time, I was diagnosed with ADD and a few other things. It really did make a difference too, because I …
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It is a possibility but there may be other reasons for the difficulty in learning such as a learning disability or just slow development. If you are concerned talk to your child's doctor about it. ADD has other symptoms as well that you may want to look for. Your doctor can make referrals for appr…
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I have had ADD most of my life yet I wasn't officially diagnosed with it until about 7 years ago when I started seeing a doctor for depression. I have been married for over 17 years, and have 3 children. My husband is my best friend. He does get a little annoyed when I space out on him, lose track …
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Many kids who are just naturally hyper-active have been mis-diagnosed with ADD. The reason is, hyperactive kids show the same symptoms as ADD. Except with kids who are just hyper seem to NOT control themselves during class. They'll jump around and all that but usually it's a case of not being discip…
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If the behavior concerns you it should be evaluated by a medical professional. There could be several underlying causes.
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basically ADHD is hyperactivity like you can easily get distracted but I would not advise you to take any pills because that can only last for a little while and its also when you are very talkative i would know because i have it its not easy to live with but you'll soon understand it was meant fir …
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Here is a list of books I found. These all seem to be popular books and received some pretty good reviews:Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell A. BarkleyDriven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Chi…
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Yes there are! Plenty of similarities exist between ADHD and gifted people. In fact, some people believe that gifted people are actually ADHD people. But in order to understand how these similarities are recognized, a brief explaination of the three sub types of ADHD are required. ADHD people are a…
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It is possible that symptoms of inattention are more obvious while reading, especially if the child does not like to read or is not good at reading. However, it is most likely that symptoms of inattention would be present in other circumstances and settings and during other activities. This is a que…
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There is a pediatrician in Sykesville MD who does counseling and specializes in ADD. Don't know about insurance. His name is David Graham.   Go to WebMD.com   Metropolitan hospitals offer a referral service for persons needing to find specific medical care. Consult the hospital listing…
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Have you tried the Learning Assessment & Neurocare Centre - www.lanc.UK.com?  at the maudsley hospital in London with a dr toone but you have to be referred by a pychiatrist, i know this as my gp referred me and he was told this. it is a free assessment and i am awaiting my assessment. the…
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Yes, it is very much safe to take anti-depressant medicines to remove your anxiety disorders. You need to use Librium Medication to stay away of anxiety and panic attacks. So, you are suggested to buy Librium 25 mg from OnlineDrugPills online medical store to destroy your anxiety.
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I have ADHD and I havn't had any problems of it getting worse. I also havn't heard of it getting any worse either.   I can only speak for myself, of course, but as I have gotten older my own ADD has indeed gotten more severe, but not a lot because I finally found a treatment for it. I'm on a …
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take him to a psych doctor, who doesn't see 50 patients a day, and someone who seems intelligent, and have him tell the doctor what he feels, and thinks.You might suggest to him that some Australian Bush Flower Essences Cognis might help for better attention span.As well Calm & Clear Essence for…
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Possibly. Do you consistently get high scores on tests, yet can't ever seem to get homework done or turned in on time?This is something I've discovered is very common. Your test scores could be way above the norm, yet you'll find yourself failing or just barely scraping by in class because of the da…
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ADD is a depreciated term for attention-deficit disorder. It is sometimes used to refer to the inattentive subtype of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). Attention Deficit disorder, currently known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Predominantly Inattentive, or ADHD-PI, is on…
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heaven yes! I come from a family of origin with AD/HD, have it myself and have given birth to two girls with AD/HD. AD/HD can cripple a person academically and socially if it is severe and make them "just a little off" if it is mild.
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Write it down on paper.I have ADD and it isn't hard if you are telling someone, because as long as what you are saying is important, you will focus on that more than the other things that are in your mind. you may have trouble explaining it though.
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Sarah Noonan is a singer. she has wrote songs in Melbourne recording studio. dah.....
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ADD is a brain wiring pattern, and is a genetic trait. So, yes, if it is ADD, it was likely present at birth. It usually won't be noticed at birth, however.
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ADD is exhausting. It affects my work life, my home life, my social life. Plenty of people don't believe it really exists and I hear dyslexic jokes when people make mistakes.It is definitely fatiguing and I can see how someone could suffer from a paralysis of will. I keep trying to reboot, keep tryi…
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by now, add/adhd is such a widely accepted disorder and is by no means difficult to diagnos. if you believe your child has add, hopefully you have educated yourself in a responsible manner.If not, you might search "Google" for articles, tests etc. specifically ones writen by medical researchers, doc…
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ADD/ADHD is a genetic trait. Thirty years ago, there was no diagnosis or treatment. While people exhibited the symptoms, they merely had to cope.During the 1980s, treatment involved a Central Nervous System stimulant, believed to be a norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor, which allowed such students t…
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Try to find a neurologist near you and schedule an appointment there to get evaluated. I got referred by my psychologist but I would believe that you can just sign up for an evaluation. I hope you find the help you need.
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If you have ADD, you can't concentrate on the subject long enough to explain it to anyone.   LOL, that was just too funny. Hey, how many ADD people does it take to change a light bulb?I don't know, how many?Let's go ride our bikes!Anyway, the book You Mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy? expl…
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what i have found to work for me is music. a headphone set doesn't offer the visual distraction and keeps a separate part of the mind active. it also gives you something enjoyable to do with the not-so-enjoyable. i only say this because it worked for me. i was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid and believ…
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Just wanted to let you know that this, too, will pass. My own daughter, now 11 years old, used to do all of the things you've mentioned. She drove us all crazy. We eventually took her to a counselor but, honestly, it seems like she just outgrew the negative behavior when it no longer worked for her.…
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ADD DiagnosisGo to a psychologist, and have him tell the docter his problems. It sounds like he is really bad. but medication, is best for people who have some sober self control. it helps them be more like other people, but if you cant sit still, and see who you are, and what your doing, then you h…
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ADD one question, have you ever been doing something and not been able to account for 15 minutes of time? a serious daydream no matter how hard you try. if you take a 15 minute trip into your own mind then you may have it. if you think it is serious, consult your doctor More input from FAQ…
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I was diagnosed about 5 years ago, and could see the ADHD all down the road behind me. As a female, the ADHD tends to manifest in a quieter way, withdrawing socially, daydreaming, etc, which has caused some people to believe it was a "little boy" disorder....a large percentage of females do not show…
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Age 2 is way too young to determine if a child is really ADD or ADHD. The testing required for that is only reliable on a child age 6 and older. Please wait until your child has had at least one year of school (Kindergarten not preschool) to have him/her tested.
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Adults generally would have had ADHD symptoms since infancy.There are different degrees of severity of adult ADHD. Low initial ADHD severity, low parental depressionLow initial ADHD severity, high parental depressionHigh initial ADHD severity and high IQ, high parental depressionHigh initial ADHD se…
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%DETAILS% Your husband won't recognize a problem until an authority figure (usually self or supervisor) notes problems of inattention to detail, or other problems, which he realizes will cause job loss.If his occupation is one of the many jobs for which ADD symptoms are a plus [entrepreneur, comp…
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I was an ADHD child mom tried everything to calm me down the worse it got the more depressed I got. one day I guess it was a cry for help or i am lucky that i didn't know what I was doing i tried to slice my wrist. that got me put in the hospital. after weeks of evaluations they put me on welbutrin …
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Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder: The ADD symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder come in many forms and no two people display the same symptoms of ADD or ADHD. The symptoms of ADD or ADHD manifest itself in undue passivity or inattentiveness, or uncontrollable, aggressive hyperactivity. Many p…
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Absolutely. A lot of teachers -- who don't know any better -- tend to assume that a young child is just difficult, has no self-restraint, etc. Especially, little boys who are stereotyped as being rowdy, easily distracted, and often troublemakers.A psychiatrist or psychologist is trained to recognize…
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ADHD is a genetic trait that is present at birth. It is the way a person's brain is wired. It allows people to think quickly, learn by doing, excel under pressure.In adults with lack of REM sleep, often a Sleep Study will reveal various degrees of sleep apnea. People with this affliction may stop br…
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ADHD is a genetic trait that is present at birth. It is the way a person's brain is wired. It allows people to think quickly, learn by doing, excel under pressure.In adults with lack of REM sleep, often a Sleep Study will reveal various degrees of sleep apnea. People with this affliction may stop br…
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For ADD, you can begin with an online. There is no biopsy or blood test. Neither is there an EKG or X-ray. ADD is not a disease. It is simply a way of brain wiring, just as there are different amounts of melanin in peoples' skin, resulting in differing shades. ADD tends to help people multi-task, …
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Not likely. Unless you can't concentrate to cram for a spelling/vocab test or something. I've had ADD all of my life and I regularly got perfect scores on spelling tests -- not to mention the fact that I won numerous spelling bees. Some people just can't spell. Some of the smartest people I know (…
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Adderall is classified as a Schedule II controlled Substance. As such, it is illegal to obtain without a handwritten prescription from a licensed medical professional. What do you want it for? My psychiatrist prescribes it to me to help balance out some of the side effects of other meds I'm on.An…
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ADD presents a way to learn differently. Many people with ADD have above-average intelligence. A patient may have ACT scores like Composite: 26, Scientific Reasoning: 28, get an 'A' in Chemistry Lab, but get an 'F' in Chemistry Lecture. ADD evaluation is made from observations. Only a psychologist…
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%DETAILS% Answer Your first doctor should be your family physican or pediatrician. This is to ensure that other conditions such as depression are addressed, as well. Ask your doctor for a referral to a psychologist and/or psychiatrist, if symptoms are not fully treated. First, though, yo…
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ADD is not a disease. Your body does not produce antibodies or tumors because of it.ADD is simply a method of wiring your brain. As an analogy, it is more like an electronic circuit that uses Alternating Current, instead of Direct Current. You still have all the components that everyone else has. Yo…
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%REPLIES% Answer Yes, I suspect they would. Drugs are much, much easier (and cheaper) on the medical delivery system and get grossly overprescribed. (diagnosed this year, am 35 and now on Adderall) Answer: I don't believe so. ADD is a chemical imbalance--not a behavior problem. Some childr…
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ADD is a genetic pattern. Just as children from the same two parents look somewhat the same, yet somewhat different, so the prevalence of ADD may vary.The genetic markers may exist, but be recessive in some, and more prominent in others. The chance exists, but it is no guarantee.   the chance…
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ADD is a chemical reaction in the brain. Believe it or not, an ADD brain shows LESS activity than a normal brain. The neurons in the brain are not active enough to properly connect, causing inattentiveness, impulsiveness, hyperactivity in some, etc. Stimulant drugs raise the level of activity in the…
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Although an MRI is not done to diagnose ADHD/ADD, in studies it does show that the ADHD brain has considerably less activity than does a normal brain when MRI's are compared. Stimulant drugs increase the chemical activity level, which decreases the symptoms. There is a very reliable brain scan test…
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All medicines can cause side effects. The meds used for treating ADHD act upon the chemicals in the brain, so anywhere these chemicals have action, there can be side effects. Not everyone experiences the same side effects, but it is important to discuss with your physician any that you have so that…
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Music in head is one of the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, ADHD. Your brain races, so your mind can do weird things. I have music in my head, too. I'm a college student, it really bothers me, but there is no way to stop it permanently.  My psychologist recommended to medi…
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What was the question? :)Here's a webpage that lists the DSM IV's requirements for an official diagnosis of ADD and ADHD.
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Yes theres been lots of progress in genetic field. For example, in my family the 22q11 syndrome (aka Velo-Cardio Facial syndrome aka Sphrintzen syndrome aka DiGeorge syndrome) runs in my family. Its a deletion of a group of genes on the 11th arm of the 22nd chromosome, and depending on the person, c…
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I have been taking Adderall for a year, 20 mg twice a day. I'm also taking Wellbutrin 150 mg 3 times a day, and Levoxyl 100 mcg once a day. I'm now a graduate student, and have been a certified pharmacy technician since 1995. I drink occasionally and have not noticed any problem. I'm a 47-year old o…
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How does one explain the possible problem of ADD? When ADD, many situations are already "poor". ADD causes all sorts of uncomfortable situations - for both the individual with the disorder, and any others in a relationship with them. As a mother of three ADD (two ADHD) sons, I have learned many thin…
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Yes, it is possible. I did it all through high school. I was always in advanced/honors classes. However, school was never very difficult for me, it was boring. I was able to goof off in class and still pass the tests and do most of the homework without doing too much studying.If you are the kind of …
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Probably not. One tends to pay attention, and fare better in subjects that one likes. I myself used to day dream a lot, and downright fall asleep in classes I absolutely hated.
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Juanita I would suggest that maybe you can give your child vitamins with his medicine. My 5 year old son takes a Sesame Street vitamin with his Adderall in the morning. It acts as a reward to him. They are very tasty to him as well.It got easier with us after we started using the vitamins. So maybe …
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Many doctors don't have current knowledge about ADD. If I were concerned about my child, I would take him to a doctor who is known in the field of ADD or to a clinic that is known in the field. Ask your local chapter of CHADD (Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) for suggestions in…
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Good question! I haven't told my folks yet that I have been recently diagnosed! You don't mention how old you are...and I presume by the wording of your question that you haven't been officially diagnosed yet. If this is the case, it might be worth talking to someone with ADD expertise, in confiden…
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First of all I know this is biased but you sound like a mother and being a 17 year old diagnosed with ADD (very very similar to ADHD) it sounds like you are trying to cure them of some abomination. There is no way to "cure" ADHD. When someone has any form of ADHD, their minds are neurologically func…
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%REPLIES% Answer It's certainly possible. Many children, even as young as 5 get diagnosed but you have to consider all the criteria for diagnosis carefully. Ask yourself, could a suspected ADD symptom also be just a normal symptom of childhood/puberty? Answer Absolutely. But it really isn'…
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Yes. All Adderall is, is a stimulant. However, coffee or Red Bull will do the exact same AND they are legal and cheaper. People with ADD need this stimulant effect all the time and more consistently, which is why Adderall, among other drugs, is prescribed. It has the same effect whether or not you h…
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I know that ADD can start as early as childhood. I was diagnosed when I was about 16 years of age and my doctor told me that I had ADD way before I was ever diagnosed. So the answer to your question: Can ADD start at 15? Yes it can
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An EEG currently cannot diagnose ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, another name for ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It can tell whether or not there are any areas of the brain that are concerning for seizures or a lack of activity, but they are not diagnostic of this condition. They …
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Many are misdiagnosed before being diagnosed with ADD. ADD is also used for many things that simply are not ADD. Make sure you and your doctor or neurologist agree that you or whoever has ADD. Once you study ADD, you will recognize the signs over and over in others. Our lives are so busy today, we a…
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Side Effects of Strattera if no ADHDHere are answers and opinions from FAQ Farmers:May cause:-too much pooping-tingling feeling in your big toes-ichyness-swelling in the nose-blisters-lip diseasevery serious
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%FOLLOWUPS% ADHD NOS means NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. IT refers to a category of diagnosis for people who have some prominent symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention or impuslivity, but who don't meet the full diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Basically, it is a garbage-can diagnosis for people who don'…
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Usually when people ask that they mean are some people being diagnosed incorrectly. That is always true with any diagnosis. If you are asking across the population then no. Epidemiology shows that ADHD in adults is underdiagnosed. Most adults enter treatment because a child they are related to was …
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There are a lot of different meds out there on the market. What works for some may not for others. As you probably have seen, patients sometimes need to try different combos and that really is the only way to find out what will work the best. Sometimes 3 or 4 meds are needed and sometimes 1 or 2 wor…
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Answer You should have testing done by a qualified professional (a psychologist might be a good place to start). There can be other diagnoses that would cause these symptoms as well. You might also speak with your school guidance department to see what resources are available there. Please don't …
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