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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.
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, hyperkinesia (hī'pĕr-ki-nē'sis, -nē'zē-ă),
1. Excessive motility.
2. Excessive muscular activity.
[hyper- + G. kinēsis, motion]
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Excessive motion
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Move, move, much, much
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, hyperkinesia (hī'pĕr-ki-nē'sis, -zē-ă)
1. Excessive motility.
2. Excessive muscular activity.
Synonym(s): supermotility.
3. State involving overactivity and restlessness.
[hyper- + G. kinēsis, motion]
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Excessive movement or activity. Hyperactivity.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


, hyperkinesia (hī'pĕr-ki-nē'sis, -zē-ă)
1. Excessive motility.
2. Excessive muscular activity.
[hyper- + G. kinēsis, motion]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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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References in periodicals archive ?
[b]y focusing on the symptoms and defining them as hyperkinesis we ignore the possibility that behavior is not an illness but an adaptation to a social situation.
Hyperkinesis and food additives: Testing the Feingold hypothesis.
The role of frontal lobe dysfunction in childhood hyperkinesis. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 21, 358-369.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), once called hyperkinesis or minimal brain dysfunction, is one of the most common mental disorders among children (U.S.-National Institutes of Health.
This deficiency causes an accumulation of endogenous GHB, GABA, and products of gamma-oxidation, leading to motor problems including ataxia, hyporeflexia, and seizures as well as mental retardation, hyperkinesis, psychosis, and numerous other neurologic manifestations (Gibson et al.
Still's idea has gone through dozens of transformations, reflected in the myriad names that have been assigned to these children: minimal brain dysfunction, minimal brain damage, hyperkinesis, hyperactivity of childhood, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and, most recently, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder without hyperactivity.
(82) See INTERIM REPORT, supra note 2, at 81 (discussing how Ritalin was first used in 1959 to treat hyperkinesis).
ADHD has assumed many aliases over time from hyperkinesis (the Latin derivative for "superactive") to hyperactivity in the early 1970s.
In 1980 the American Psychiatric Association reported inattention to be the primary symptom of attention deficit disorder, displacing hyperkinesis. As a result of this latest pronouncement, two subtypes were specified, nonhyperactive and hyperactive (Marshall & Hynd, 1997).
A classic study by the sociologist Peter Conrad suggests that the maker of Ritalin marketed to physicians "hyperkinesis" as a disease before marketing their cure to the same audience.
ATTENTION deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has had many names over the years: organic drivenness, "fidgety Phils," post-encephalitic behavior disorder, minimal brain damage, minimal brain dysfunction, hyperkinesis, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD).(1) A child with ADD without hyperactivity would exhibit all the distractibility of an ADHD child without the physical activity.