Patient discussion about hyperkinetic syndrome

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Q. What Is ADHD?

I have heard parents talking about ADHD at my son’s school. What exactly is this syndrome?
A1I am a mother of 4 children, all of whom have been diagnosed with ADHD as was I. My youngest son and daughter took medication for ADHD (Adderall). I found that it made my son very zombie-like. He showed little to no emotion and when he did it was mostly anger and aggression. I spoke with his Psychiatrist and we adjusted his meds. This unfortunately did not work. But his psych. said that the benefits of the drug outweighed the bad side effects. I slowly weened him off the meds. It takes a lot more patience to get him to do his homework and an IEP (individual education plan) at school has helped a great deal. You can request this at any public school. My daughter on the other hand takes a very low dose of adderall and is doing just fine. They are both in counseling to learn how to deal with ADHD and are doing fine. I also think that this diagnosis is used way too much. It might be a symptom to a bigger problem or something stressful the child is experiencing.
A2Here are some explanatory videos about ADD and ADHD-
http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-ADD--ADHD-Part-1-5538
http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-ADD-and-ADHD-part2-5540
A3Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sometimes called attention deficit disorder (ADD), is the most common behavioral disorder that starts in childhood. It is a medical condition that should not be confused with normal excitable or boisterous child behavior. ADHD can run in families. It is thought the ADHD is caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters (these are chemicals that transmit nerve signals in the brain) that causes the brain to have difficulty processing all the information and stimulants that it receives. Different people have different symptoms, which include lack of concentration, restlessness and more.

Q. Is ADHD hereditary?

I had ADHD as a young boy. Does this mean my children will have ADHD too?
A1I have to tell you people - this is really bad news. As a kid I just couldn't sit still which was hell at school... what are the chances are that our child will suffer from it? Is there anything me and my wife can do to prevent it?
A2Most doctors now believe that ADHD is hereditary. Environmental factors do not cause ADHD, nor is it a result of poor parenting skills or broken homes. There may be times when outside influences can result in symptoms that mimic ADHD, but the guidelines for diagnosing ADHD take this into account by controls such as the requirement that symptoms must be present in two or more areas of life and must have existed from an early age.
A3Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has biological origins that are not yet clearly understood. Research has shown that ADHD is common in children who have close relatives with the disorder, and some genes have been identified that may make the development of ADHD more likely. This may mean that some kids have a genetic predisposition toward ADHD. Currently, though, no single cause of ADHD has been identified.

Q. Is adhd an illness?

what happens if not treated at all? can it just pass by itself?
A1ok, good to know. I hear more and more people talking about adhd lately.
Was it only discovered recently?
A2It is not an illness! it's a disorder- behavoral but more of learning, I don't think it can pass but I can tell you for sure- it can improve...:)
A3it's a disorder, not an illness. it won't get worse if not treated. it's something that you learn to live with and control (not in severe cases..) it. if not treated- the consequences are social most of the time.

Q. ADHD Help!

My cousin is 34 years old and she had serous problems with her behavior lately. After she visited her doctor he told her that she is suffering from ADHD and anxiety. I was very upset because as I thought it is just a temporary problem and wouldn't need professional treatment. If someone has similar experiences I would be interested to know.
A1Attention deficit and anxiety often go hand in hand, both can be associated with a Serotonin imbalance.
A2anxiety and stress can worsen the ADHD symptoms. my son can get unbearable while stressed for few days.. could be she had a mild ADHD and all of the sudden it got worse because of anxiety. by relieving the anxiety you can reduce the ADHD symptoms.
A3Hi, my friend is suffering from ADHD for more than 2 years. In deed he get such diagnose 2 years ago and his behavior problems last much longer. ADHD is mental disorder in which person who suffers from it shows poor concentration, may be easily distracted by sounds and is hyperactive. Also because of these symptoms these persons are sleepy over the day and shows little interests for things around them. Best way is to consult with doctor who would prescribe medication for such disorder.
See this video :
http://imedix.com/health_community/vHvDKCAyWt6U_identifying_adhd_tip?q=adhd

Q. Is there any type in ADHD?

I am Winner, I heard about ADHD but don’t know exactly what it means? Is there any type in ADHD? Is Child ADHD or Teens ADHD most common?
AADHD is a genetically transmitted disorder. Some mothers will be describing the symptoms of ADHD of their kids during pregnancy or in early years. But usually these symptoms cannot be distinguished from the normal development. There is no general idea among experts, how to classify the type of ADHD. Teen ADHD is more common than child ADHD. Generally physician treat ADHD with these types, they are Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, Predominantly Inattentive Type and Combined Type.

Q. How do you test for ADHD?

Is it a physical test or a psychological test? Or a combination of both?
Ai found a video on youtube about diagnosing AD/HD-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcVTiV47Gf8

and here is an article about it-
http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/diagnosing-adhd

hope it's what you are looking for.

Q. Hi, I'm new to the ADHD community.

I was very happy to hear about this site. Can anyone let me know how it works? How do I meet people who are dealing with ADHD?
A1I'm sorry to hear about your son Kavon. I actually know a lot of people that suffer from the same problem, but they are able to cope with it quite well.
A2Thanks everyone! I don't have ADHD myself but my son was diagnosed with ADHD and I want to learn more about it.
A3Hi Kavon, it's good to have you here with us!
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