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hyperactivity

 [hi″per-ak-tiv´……ĭ-te]
1. abnormally increased muscular activity or function.
2. former name for, and now a principal sign of, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. adj. adj hyperac´tive.

hy·per·ac·tiv·i·ty

(hī'pĕr-ak-tiv'i-tē),
1. Synonym(s): superactivity
2. General restlessness or excessive movement such as that characterizing children with attention deficit disorder or hyperkinesis.

hyperactivity

Neurology A state of generalized restlessness and excess movement; hyperactivity in children is common but, if extreme, reaches ADD; idiopathic hyperactivity in adults is often abnormal and may indicate a manic state. See Attention-deficit disorder, Bipolar disorder.

hy·per·ac·tiv·i·ty

(hī'pĕr-ak-tiv'i-tē)
1. Synonym(s): superactivity.
2. General restlessness or excessive movement such as that characterizing children with attention deficit disorder or hyperkinesis.

hyperactivity

An unduly high level of restlessness and aggression with a low level of concentration and a low threshold of frustration, especially as resulting from minimal brain dysfunction. The term is usually applied to children and is sometimes called the ‘hyperkinetic syndrome’.

hy·per·ac·tiv·i·ty

(hī'pĕr-ak-tiv'i-tē)
General restlessness or excessive movement such as that characterizing children with attention deficit disorder or hyperkinesis.

Patient discussion about hyperactivity

Q. My son who is 4yrs old is so hyper-active. How do I find out if my son has ADHD or ADD? My son who is 4yrs old is so hyper-active that he climbs on everything and jumps off everything to. I cannot prevent that. I have also punished him. He cries for a split moment and then he just goes back to doing the same thing. I've tried every type of punishment that I could think of. I'm afraid of him. What can I do? How do I find out if my son has ADHD or ADD?

A. I agree complete physical and psycho analysis to rule out any underlying cause. But young children often act out characters; you could ask him why he's doing this and give plenty of proper oportunities to do so. Example when he climbs on and jumps off the furniture ask him what he is doing. He may be pretending to be something or someone. If so ask him where "so and So" does their jumping and ask or remind him what the funiture is for. explain how to properly use it have him demonstrate. Example: " What is a chair for or how do we use a chair? (sitting) "Where" (on the seat, child may touch the seat and answer here) "show me how" (child sits on seat of chair). Praise the positive behavior smiling and then suggest that he can play "so an So" somewhere else at another time: for instance if possible take him out to the playground or in a safe area lie a firm suitcase or other boxlike item on its side, cover with a soft quilt and supervise his c

Q. My 5 year old son is diagnosed with ADHD and he is more hyperactive than attention seeking. My 5 year old son is diagnosed with ADHD and he is more hyperactive than attention seeking. We are planning for alternative treatment now and then we would try for medicine. I've heard about increasing on Omega-3 -fish oil, but is there anything else out there that is safe enough to try?

A. Many are there, which I have tried for my son from 4 years. First and the foremost is the diet which I think you know. Behavioral and Cognitive therapies can be tried as it’s very effective. You can try a chiropractor and as well calming techniques. Try them……they are helpful.

Q. I’m a family man; my five year old daughter used to be more hyperactive. I need help. I’m a family man; my five year old daughter used to be more hyperactive and so I took her to our doctor and he diagnosed her with ADHD. My wife and I like to choose a good medication route for her. But we don’t know which is safe enough to try? I need help.

A. Dear, there are a number of treatments available for ADHD. ADHD is a condition where a child or adult can not stay focused on something, but I am curious to know a lot about the circumstances of your child. I would strongly recommend you to consult a "therapist" or coach specialized in ADHD and child development.

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This is in contrast to 24 per cent reporting the DSM-IV-TR hyperactivity symptom of "Leaves seats in situations in which remaining seated is expected" or "Driven by a motor".
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The symptoms of individuals with ADHD, such as impulsivity, deficit in inhibitory control, hyperactivity, along with the difficulties in reading present seem to interfere indirectly in reading comprehension, although the etiology of comprehension difficulties in ADHD is not very clear [16].
It is characterised by three types of problems: Impulsivity; Hyperactivity and Inattention.
The ND and control groups demonstrated a significant difference in scores for hyperactivity impulsivity and related symptoms, but not those for inattention.
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