Adhd symptoms diagnosis and treatment

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6726276 tn?1421126668 It helps channel the ADHD and avoid BPD and/or psychosis. For me, it is all bipolar, treatment is the same for me, no matter what I call each mood.
Avatar f tn Ritalin (methylphenidate) is prescribed a lot for children who are overactive, hyper, or very unfocused a.k.a. ADHD and or ADD; this information is from various news and health articles. There are recent studies that indicate that some behavior modification can be achieved through proper diet and sleep, but that is something your doctor should address. Obviously, if a teacher is recommending medication, it's b/c of their observations of the child's behavior.
1211960 tn?1272974502 Type 6 -- The Ring of Fire. Cross between ADHD and bipolar disorder. Characterized by moodiness, aggressiveness, and anger. Anticonvulsants or newer antipsychotic medications tend to work better than stimulants. Now I am starting to doubt my diagnosis of bipolar. What if I just have Ring of Fire ADHD? I guess part of me hopes that I don't have bipolar disorder. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Avatar f tn When I was in college I use to babysit for two brothers 6 and 8. One with ADHD one not. The younger had it and trying to have a discussion with him was like talking to someone who didn't speak English. I can only imagine that an ADD with an auditory processing problem would be incomprehnsible at times. I can only imagine be a mother and watching your son struggle with some of these symptoms must be really difficult.
219373 tn?1274921434 My 8 year old son shows symptoms of both Aspergers and ADHD,and has been diagnosed with both, along with many other things by his previos doctors. We have seen a multitude of drs and specialists, and finally we have found one that is focused on the symptoms first and the diagnosis second. By treating him as an individual an focusing on his specific problems, rather than putting him in a box with a label on it, we are finally getting some results.
Avatar m tn I feel like his doctors are forcing his pathology into a diagnosis that they understand and can treat according to some predetermined format. It's not working. I am looking for some kind of residential facility that could observe him over a period of time and offer recommendations that would actually serve my boy rather than some protocol that serves some majority. I have resources, and I'm just not getting any guidance that's worthwhile.
Avatar f tn Then, I would give some thought to myself and read up on ADHD, and also explore other factors in myself and in my life sotuation could also explain those ADHD symptoms and characteristics he/she is talking about. I don't take everything my doctors say as gospel. A good clinician usually goes through a process of "ruling out possible consitions" and fine tuning down to the differential that support the final diagnosis or diagnoses.
Avatar f tn I would talk to the doctor who gave the original diagnosis and ask for further testing and observation.
Avatar f tn no its not safe like the TV says) This is the problem - doctors see a nail and use a hammer - ADHD symptoms mask bipolar in many cases and as ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed thing around besides depression thats what they treat - after all theres good old Ritalin on the script pad and the clock and the wall and Oprah and everywhere else - course bipolar should be very careful of ANY stimulant drugs but hey the family doctor just wants the visit and the script.
Avatar m tn m no med student (never even took biology in high school) so much of it was another language to me, but there seemed to be as much information in favour of the existence of adhd, its treatment and medication, as there was against it. I was very surprised to that adhd medication is an amphetamine; isn’t that like methamphetamines, a highly addictive and destructive drug? (though I’m sure 40mg is much less than "street" value).
Avatar n tn Aggressive behavior per se is not a component of ADHD. Howver, one component of Combine-type ADHD is impulsivity, and your son does appear to be having problems with controlling his aggressive impulses. If his ADHD is at least of moderate severity, it invites pharmacological treatment in addition to therapy. Your note indicates that he displays some condition along with his ADHD.
Avatar n tn If your child has seizures and ADHD, you can expect associated cognitive interferences to show up on standardized tests, and in the classroom. These can be managed with a combination of medication and educational intervention. The right educational programming is critical, and if you can afford private tutoring, you should institute it right away. Go to for information related to special education and the educational rights of your special needs child. Knowledge is power.
Avatar f tn I will say that kids with adhd can have several anxiety about school (due to their adhd) and this can manifest itself in many ways. His eating habits are a bit unusual. However, one of the prime symptoms of adhd is acting without thinking (which the correct dose of medication can really help). And, of course, anxiety can cause all kinds of unusual eating habits. So I think that you need to spend your time researching adhd (I can help with this) and working with your school.
Avatar m tn There aren't any "tests" your regular doc can really do. There are questionnaires but psychologists diagnose by what you tell them about what's going on. ADHD is a bit different in that it's a controversial diagnosis and is usually associated with kids, though not always. But the focus of diagnosis tends to be on pediatrics because that's where it shows up most often.
Avatar f tn Since then I have tried a few different medications and have found that Wellbutrin helps my depression AND also seems to help with my ability to focus and concentrate. My only concern is that I experience significant jumps/elevations in my mood as well as other symptoms during those time, such as restlessness, aggitation, hearing voices, little need for sleep. ( my husband also notices these things) It comes and goes but my doctor still thinks its the wellbutrin.
Avatar m tn Given the rapid increases in both ADHD diagnosis and stimulant treatment over the past decades, our findings might suggest to clinicians that long-term impacts on childhood and adolescent BMI growth trajectories, and perhaps continuing into adulthood, may result from stimulant use in childhood," Brian S.
Avatar f tn t know if I should start taking this drug if it is dangerous for me when combining pot and bupropion. I am 17 and 130 lbs if that would help for anything and am taking a dosage of 150 mg of bupropion. I just want to make sure nothing dangerous will happen if I do smoke, or how much I can smoke, or if there is anything I can do to lower risk of danger like not taking the drug on the days I smoke.
Avatar m tn That way it has worn off before bedtime, allowing rest. This is all exactly what i felt when going on the amphetamines. Im 18 years old and have ADHD and im still trying different doses after being diagnosed over a year ago. Ive been taking ritalin for a while now. I started on 2 tablets daily, then 3, and it has now been upped to 5 tablets!
Avatar f tn This is an important difference from the previous guidelines and stems from a wealth of new evidence on ADHD treatment of preschool children and adolescents. For preschool-aged children, evidence-based behavioral therapy alone is recommended as the first step toward treating ADHD symptoms and associated impairment. Behavioral treatments may include behavioral parent training, classroom management, and/or peer interventions.
Avatar f tn My guess is that since insurance could now pay for the medicine, the pharmcy companies started a lot of advertising which increased public awareness (and lined the companies pockets with money) and thus the increase in diagnosis. And I am sure there are other factors involved. And yes, I have done a lot of research on ADHD. If you read some of the 300 posts that I have added over the past 3 years, I think you would get that feeling.
Avatar f tn Thank you. I was going to get a "thorough" evaluation, but found that the tester was not that qualified. The psychiatrist that I've been seeing for other meds simply opened his DSM manual, listened to my symptoms and asked if I wanted treatment. I didn't like this attitude either. So I'm going to go with my family doctor on this one. I also see a very good therapist who will support me, but has mixed feelings about the ADD diagnosis. Thanks again.
4971738 tn?1390565384 // If your childs behavior is driving you nuts (they call it the "terrible two's" for a good reason). Start a new post on the child behavior forum - List what the child is doing and see what we can come up with to help you. Hope this helps.
Avatar n tn My family sees a homeophathic dr and we go all natural. Refined sugars and bleached flours and diet is the main casue of ADHD and hyperactive in children. I would look into that for him!
Avatar n tn She had been on Adderall for ADHD, went into a hypermanic event and was involuntarily committed for treatment. After her release she went back to her original Psychiatrist who again prescribed Adderall for her. Is Adderall ever used for bipoplar disorder. Everything I have read says no. How can I convince her Dr. to not prescribe it anymore? Please help us.
Avatar f tn Years of therapy for our son has not provided a firm diagnosis and treatment plan. Our son takes only Focalin for ADHD, he does not take any other medications. Our Son is currently in a hospital for In patient treatment for tendencies to be violent at times and often uncooperative, threatneing, disrepectful and generally unwilling to obey any type of rules. The hospital facility treats children ages 3 year to 12 years for various issues.
Avatar f tn My 13 year old daughter has ADHD and ODD and is unmanageable in her moods and impulsivity at home. She has tried many medications that don’t do much. She is also in therapy. She is currently on Latina and it isn’t helping much. Any advice on medications that may help my daughters mood and attention in school without causing major weight gain?
671512 tn?1226563206 My brother has a severe case of ADHD, and even with odd assistance from his school, he did all the bad things ADHD kids do growing up. He's pretty much a dead beat person. He hasn't been able to hold a job for 5+yrs and lives with my parents. You don't want your child going down the wrong path right? I hope everything works out.Good luck!
Avatar m tn I feel like his doctors are forcing his pathology into a diagnosis that they understand and can treat according to some predetermined format. It's not working. I am looking for some kind of residential facility that could observe him over a period of time and offer recommendations that would actually serve my boy rather than some protocol that serves some majority. I have resources, and I'm just not getting any guidance that's worthwhile.