attention deficit disorder

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at·ten·tion def·i·cit dis·or·der (ADD),

a disorder of attention, organization and impulse control appearing in childhood and often persisting to adulthood. Hyperactivity may be a feature but is not necessary for the diagnosis.

attention deficit disorder

attention deficit disorder

The most widely used term for the condition which is officially–per the DSM-IV—known as Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, see there.

at·ten·tion def·i·cit dis·or·der

(ADD) (ă-ten'shŭn def'i-sit dis-ōr'dĕr)
A disorder of attention and impulse control with specific criteria, appearing in childhood and sometimes persisting to adulthood. Hyperactivity may be a feature but is not necessary for the diagnosis.
See also: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Attention deficit disorder (ADD)

Disorder characterized by a short attention span, impulsivity, and in some cases hyperactivity.
Mentioned in: Tourette Syndrome

at·ten·tion def·i·cit dis·or·der

(ADD) (ă-ten'shŭn def'i-sit dis-ōr'dĕr)
Disorder of attention, organization, and impulse control appearing in childhood and often persisting to adulthood. Hyperactivity may be a feature but is not necessary for the diagnosis.

Patient discussion about attention deficit disorder

Q. what are the symptoms to look for a person suspected to be Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

A. i would go with WaylonRonaldo on this, but be careful not to "home diagnose" your child. it's a very dangerous thing to do. there has to be a process of differential diagnosis in order to avoid a mistaken diagnosis of ADHD. and that should do a specialist. a group of specialists in fact.

Q. What Is ADHD? I have heard parents talking about ADHD at my son’s school. What exactly is this syndrome?

A. I 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.

Q. How Can I Tell If My Child Has ADHD? Are there ways to early diagnosis of ADHD in children? How can I tell if my child might have this disorder?

A. Children with ADD or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) may be early diagnosed if the parents / school teachers notice any of these signs that may suggest the child is suffering from this problem- the child has trouble concentrating, can be easily distracted, has less control over what he does or says (tendency to act impulsively), has difficulty following instructions, or the child is fidgety, restless or interrupting others. Symptoms usually start around the age of four and early diagnosis is possible for treatment.

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