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Attention Deficit Disorder - Know More About It!

Dr.Madhurima Ghosh 90% (12ratings)
Certified Course In Child Psychiatry, MD - Psychiatry, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Attention Deficit Disorder - Know More About It!

Attention deficit disorder is a behavioral disorder that comprises impulsive behavior, inattentiveness and hyperactivity. This disorder tends to affect children more commonly but the symptoms tend to disappear as one age. 

The various symptoms of this disorder are:
1. Concentration problems-

People affected by this disorder have problems in staying focused on routine tasks. You may have problems in listening to conversations, get distracted easily, overlook various important things and have trouble remembering various things.
2. Being disorganized and forgetting things-
You may exhibit symptoms such as having an extremely cluttered desk. You may also experience difficulties in completing projects and forgetting appointments. You may also lose track of time while doing important things.
3. Emotional problems-
Various emotional problems such as mood swings, hypersensitivity to criticism, problems in staying motivated and having low self-esteem are common signs of ADD. The disorder may also lead you to be extremely short tempered and be constantly frustrated.
4. Hyperactivity-
This symptom causes you to be constantly agitated, unable to focus due to a racing mind, fidgeting constantly and talking excessively. 
5. Impulsivity-
You will exhibit impulsive behavior such as not being able to exercise self-control, blurting out inappropriate comments and have certain addictive tendencies. 

Attention deficit disorder can cause various problems in your life. Most of these are related to the following domains:
1. Work-related problems-

You may constantly feel a sense of underachievement and be unable to meet your work responsibilities. You may be unable to meet deadlines, and face problems in filing paperwork.
2. Relationship problems-
This disorder takes a toll on your relationships such as it can create a rift between you and your family. They may feel that you are not sensitive to their concerns.
3. Mental health problems-
You may face various mental health problems such as drug abuse, anxiety, self-esteem issues and chronic stress.

The various remedies for this disorder are -
1. Get proper sleep-

You should always aim to sleep for at least 6 hours every day. If you are well rested, then you will be more energetic and stress-free.
2. Regular exercise-
You should exercise on a regular basis to keep yourself fit and healthy. It can also help you avoid problems such as obesity.
3. Improve your relationships-
You should schedule time for your loved ones and engage with them. It may contribute to your overall mental well-being.

4. Role of medicines-
Meedicines play a vital role in solving this problem. The psychiatrist will suggest medications as per the needs of the patient so that he/she can recover quickly.

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I heard that adhd is curable through homoeopathy many are claiming that they cured how true is this?

Dr.Sajeev Kumar 90% (39290ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I heard that adhd is curable through homoeopathy many are claiming that they cured how true is this?
The ADHD is NOT curable through homoeopathy although many are claiming that they cured. However, it might go over a period of time and the people might attribute the improvement to homeo
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I'm a 16-years-old female who has for the past months been experiencing that my memory is degrading badly. I have always had a memory that was fair enough. I do have much stress and I do have social anxiety. I don't sleep that well, but that was never a problem before. I sleep around, 6-7 hours on school week. And 9+ hours on a holiday. I do take some medications for my adhd and I'm aware there are some side effects to that medicine. I couldn't even remember, a friend's name that I recently met, for some split seconds. Then after some thinking, I could finally remember it. I can remember certain situations that were very important. I could remember something from 5 years ago but not 2 weeks ago. And I do feel like, my memory gets better after I eat food. But it feels like it's getting worse as time passes. I did as a child had to do mind memory games at school, but I felt like I could still remember basic information or situations that happened some days prior. But now, I can even remember what I did 3 days ago? Is there something wrong with me? I'm showing early signs of dementia? Or i'm just overreacting?

Dr.Ankur Singhal 93% (2000ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, Dems, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Hapur
I'm a 16-years-old female who has for the past months been experiencing that my memory is degrading badly. I have alw...
Please calm down. You are not at all suffering from dementia. Actually you are suffering from anxiety and stress. You should prefer ayurvedic treatment for long term use. The best solution to your problem is counseling, yoga and meditation. You may also take ayurvedic treatment for all your problems. Try not to think on many topics at a time. You are having a good energy level, try to give it a proper direction. Wish you all the best and good health.
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ADD - Symptoms And Some Common Myths!

Dr.Amit Jain 86% (36ratings)
BHMS, CCPH, CGO
Homeopathy Doctor, Gwalior
ADD - Symptoms And Some Common Myths!

Children generally tend to be fairly overactive and have lesser attention spans. However, when this tends to get into their performance at school and in general with getting along with other children it may be a sign of ADD or attention deficit disorder. Let's look at some of the common symptoms of this disorder.

Symptoms of ADD- 

1. Problems in staying focused: One of the very basic symptoms is that children will often be very inattentive even during classes and will be easily distracted by small things.

2. Problems in trying to remember things or difficulty in following instructions: Children with attention deficit disorder tend to have issues with remembering things and if given tasks, being unable to complete as they can't remember instructions properly.

3. Issues with organizing, planning and trying to finish tasks: Due to the lack of attention, kids have problems retaining information and cannot plan or finish tasks given to them on a daily basis.

4. Easily bored or loses interest: Even if a child with ADD starts with something they like, interest may wane off quickly. Thus it is difficult to make them stick to a specific work schedule which may require regular practice.

5. Lack of attention to details and making careless mistakes: This is another trait of children with attention deficit disorder. They may be able to complete a task, but it will be fraught with mistakes as they wouldn't have much attention to detail.

6. Has a tendency to not listen when someone is speaking to them: This is also very common and is usually tied to being easily distracted and thus will drift off or not listen to when someone is speaking to them.

Some Myths about ADD-

a. All kids with ADD are hyperactive
b. They will eventually grow out of it
c. Medication is the only option to treat ADD
d. ADD is not really a disorder and kids need to be trained better

Most of these are half-truths and the extent of the problems varies from child to child. Only proper counseling will be able to diagnose the extent of the problem and what needs to be done.

How to spot ADD in Children-

ADD can be spotted in children aged below 7 years via certain symptoms. Apart from the ones mentioned above, children generally tend to be abrasive towards others and can make embarrassing comments quite often. They also change tasks very quickly without completing any of them. Any distraction would force them to change their track. It is best to go to a child specialist to get your child checked out for possible symptoms.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - All You Should Know!

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma In Guidance and Couselling, PGD in Rehabilitation Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - All You Should Know!

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the most common neurobehavioral disorders presenting for treatment in children and adolescents. ADHD is often chronic with prominent symptoms and impairment spanning into adulthood. ADHD is often associated with co-occurring disorders including disruptive, mood, anxiety, and substance abuse. The diagnosis of ADHD is clinically established by review of symptoms and impairment. The biological underpinning of the disorder is supported by genetic, neuroimaging, neurochemistry and neuropsychological data. Consideration of all aspects of an individual’s life needs to be considered in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. 

Multimodal treatment includes educational, family, and individual support. Psychotherapy alone and in combination with medication is helpful for ADHD and comorbid problems. Pharmacotherapy including stimulants, noradrenergic agents, alpha agonists, and antidepressants plays a fundamental role in the long-term management of ADHD across the lifespan. 

The management of ADHD includes consideration of two major areas: Non-pharmacological (educational remediation, individual and family psychotherapy) and pharmacotherapy.

I personally support Psychotherapy. Specialized educational planning based on the child’s difficulties is necessary in a majority of cases. Since learning disorders co-occur in one-third of ADHD youth, ADHD individuals should be screened and appropriate individualised educational plans developed. Educational adjustments should be considered in individuals with ADHD with difficulties in behavioral or academic performance. Increased structure, predictable routine, learning aids, resource room time, and checked homework are among typical educational considerations in these individuals. Similar modifications in the home environment should be undertaken to optimize the ability to complete homework. For youth, frequent parental communication with the school about the child’s progress is essential. 

Symptoms in children and teenagers :

The symptoms of ADHD in children and teenagers are well defined, and they're usually noticeable before the age of six. They occur in more than one situation, such as at home and at school. The main signs of each behavioural problem are detailed below:

  1. Inattentiveness: Having a short attention span and being easily distracted making careless mistakes – for example, in schoolwork appearing forgetful or losing things being unable to stick at tasks that are tedious or time-consuming appearing to be unable to listen to or carry out instructions constantly changing activity or task having difficulty organising tasks 

  2. Hyperactivity and impulsiveness: Being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings constantly fidgeting being unable to concentrate on tasks excessive physical movement excessive talking being unable to wait their turn acting without thinking interrupting conversations little or no sense of danger 

These symptoms can cause significant problems in a child's life, such as underachievement at school, poor social interaction with other children and adults, and problems with discipline. 

Related conditions in children and teenagers 

Although not always the case, some children may also have signs of other problems or conditions alongside ADHD, such as: 

  • Anxiety disorder – Which causes your child to worry and be nervous much of the time; it may also cause physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat, sweating and dizziness 

  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) – This is defined by negative and disruptive behaviour, particularly towards authority figures, such as parents and teachers 

  • Conduct disorder – This often involves a tendency towards highly antisocial behaviour, such as stealing, fighting, vandalism and harming people or animals 

  • Depression - The children may show signs of being depressed like sudden anger, sadness, hopelessness, social withdrawl, etc.

  • Sleep problems – Finding it difficult to get to sleep at night, and having irregular sleeping patterns 

  • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) – This affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour 

  • Epilepsy – A condition that affects the brain and causes repeated fits or seizures 

  • Tourette’s syndrome – A condition of the nervous system, characterised by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics 

  • Learning difficulties – Such as dyslexia Symptoms in adults In adults, the symptoms of ADHD are more difficult to define. This is largely due to a lack of research into adults with ADHD. 

ADHD is a developmental disorder; it's believed that it can't develop in adults without it first appearing during childhood. But it's known that symptoms of ADHD often persist from childhood into a person's teenage years, and then adulthood. Any additional problems or conditions experienced by children with ADHD, such as depression or dyslexia, may also continue into adulthood. By the age of 25, an estimated 15% of people diagnosed with ADHD as children still have a full range of symptoms, and 65% still have some symptoms that affect their daily lives. The symptoms in children and teenagers, which are listed above, is sometimes also applied to adults with possible ADHD. But some specialists say that the way in which inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness affect adults can be very different from the way they affect children. For example, hyperactivity tends to decrease in adults, while inattentiveness tends to get worse as the pressure of adult life increases. Adult symptoms of ADHD also tend to be far more subtle than childhood symptoms. 

Some specialists have suggested the following list of symptoms associated with ADHD in adults: 

  • carelessness and lack of attention to detail 

  • continually starting new tasks before finishing old ones 

  • poor organisational skills 

  • inability to focus or prioritise 

  • continually losing or misplacing things 

  • forgetfulness 

  • restlessness and edginess 

  • difficulty keeping quiet and speaking out of turn 

  • blurting out responses and often interrupting others 

  • mood swings, irritability and a quick temper 

  • inability to deal with stress 

  • extreme impatience 

  • taking risks in activities, often with little or no regard for personal safety or the safety of others – for example, driving dangerously 

Additional problems in adults with ADHD As with ADHD in children and teenagers, ADHD in adults can occur alongside several related problems or conditions. One of the most common conditions is depression. Other conditions that adults may have alongside ADHD include: 

  • Personality disorders – Conditions in which an individual differs significantly from an average person, in terms of how they think, perceive, feel or relate to others 

  • Bipolar disorder – A condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another 

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – A condition that causes obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour 

The behavioural problems associated with ADHD can also cause problems such as difficulties with relationships, social interaction, drugs and crime. Some adults with ADHD find it hard to find and stay in a job. If you notice any of the above in your child or yourself , it is worth making the effort and spending some time and money to have your child and or yourself assessed on a priority basis as ADHD causes neural changes in the brain.

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ADHD - Know Signs Of It In Kids!

Dr.Indranil Saha 93% (224ratings)
MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DPM Psychological Medicine
Psychiatrist, Kolkata

It is sad to hear of a loved one suffering, but it is downright painful if that someone is your own child. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition which was not paid much attention to for many years. The fact remains, however, that ADHD is something that can adversely affect the life of your child and their relationships. One example is Olympian Michael Phelps, who had been diagnosed with this disorder. In order to know if a child does suffer from it, it is important to pay attention to a few signs.

Signs You Must Not Ignore

  1. To start off, if a child seems to be fidgety all the time, it is a good sign that there is a chance that he or she may have ADHD. While it is true that children often display feelings of excitement as well as a degree of restlessness most of the time, the ability of a child suffering from ADHD to sit still, quite literally, surpasses any normal standards for even a very restless child who does not have ADHD.
  2. As a matter of fact, most children who are diagnosed with the disorder are diagnosed by the time they are 7 or 8 years old. For many kids, this has something to do with the signs that are displayed once they join school, which are related to their behavioural habits. For example, children who have ADHD are likely to show their inability to await their turn in a group activity. As a result, they are likely to interrupt not only their peers, but also their teachers to say express their thoughts.
  3. For those who are not well versed with this issue that so many children face, the behaviour of a child with ADHD come across as being outright selfish. However, this is really not the case. In many cases, since children with ADHD find it difficult to follow plans and set out tasks, their inability to do so is often considered as a lack of intelligence. Such judgements can lower the morale of the child and make him or her feel inadequate, insecure and left out.

Many children who have ADHD are not loud and usually, do not stand out in a group. Rather, they are more likely to be the quiet ones who daydream. All this can have major effects on the academic record of the child, and it is fair to say that he or she is quite likely to underperform compared to the rest of the students in the class.

If you see any of these signs, do not be alarmed. However, do seek a doctor’s opinion to know for sure if your child has ADHD.

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I have adhd from an early childhood days. Right now I am adult and still suffering from it. How to treat this?

Dr.Sajeev Kumar 90% (39290ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I have adhd from an early childhood days. Right now I am adult and still suffering from it. How to treat this?
There is no complete cure for ADHD. A person with ADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity that affect attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control.
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ADHD - Know Forms Of It!

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Kolhapur
ADHD - Know Forms Of It!

ADHD is often diagnosed as a complex neurological disorder which is medically described as a developmental impairment of the self-management functions that are linked to brain operations. It impacts the important functions that are required to assess, plan and carry on with a normal life.

Causes of ADHD
ADHD is generally caused by bad parenting, too much sugar consumption and even playing too many video games. ADHD is a brain-based disorder and brain images have shown that people suffering from ADHD to possess psychological differences in their brains.

There are studies which revealed that a child is four times likely to be diagnosed with ADHD if his/her relative suffers from the same brain disorder, thus, clearly pointing to the genetic factor of carrying ADHD. Exposure to dangerous chemicals such as toxins in food, carpeting and flooring, cleaning products, lawn products and several personal care products can also induce ADHD in a child. When these toxins disrupt the development of the brain, a disorder such as ADHD occurs.

Symptoms of ADHD
There are a number of symptoms of ADHD. There are mainly two categories of symptoms of ADHD. They are:

ADHD - Primarily Inattentive Type of Symptoms

  1. The person affected often fails to pay close attention to details and are prone to silly mistakes in schoolwork and other tasks.
  2. They often lack the attention or are unable to retain attention on the task at hand.
  3. It seems that the affected person is not listening when spoken to directly.
  4. They do not follow the instructions given to them and fail to complete their tasks and activities.
  5. They face difficulty in organizing things.
  6. They avoid engaging in tasks that require constant mental effort.
  7. They are prone to losing things essential for tasks and activities.
  8. They are easily distracted by unnecessary and trivial stimuli in their surroundings.
  9. They are forgetful of their daily activities.

ADHD: Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive Type of Symptoms

  1. The affected individual is fidgety and constantly taps their hands, feet or squirms when seated.
  2. Leaves their seat and stands up on occasions where they are required to be seated.
  3. They run or climb in certain situations where it is inappropriate and unnecessary.
  4. They are unable to engage in or play in leisure and quietly.
  5. They are hyperactive as if they are driven by some kind of motor.
  6. They talk excessively and unnecessarily on all occasions.
  7. They will blurt out answers even before the question is finished.
  8. They are unable to be patient and wait for their own turn to arrive.
  9. They have a tendency to interrupt and intrude others and take over their privacy.

It is advised to consult a doctor if one or many of these symptoms are noticed in an individual.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Signs To Be Cautious About!

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, Residency in Surgery
Psychiatrist, Jaipur
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Signs To Be Cautious About!

It is sad to hear of a loved one suffering, but it is downright painful if that someone is your own child. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition which was not paid much attention to for many years. The fact remains, however, that ADHD is something that can adversely affect the life of your child and their relationships. One example is Olympian Michael Phelps, who had been diagnosed with this disorder. In order to know if a child does suffer from it, it is important to pay attention to a few signs.

Signs You Must Not Ignore

  1. To start off, if a child seems to be fidgety all the time, it is a good sign that there is a chance that he or she may have ADHD. While it is true that children often display feelings of excitement as well as a degree of restlessness most of the time, the ability of a child suffering from ADHD to sit still, quite literally, surpasses any normal standards for even a very restless child who does not have ADHD.
  2. As a matter of fact, most children who are diagnosed with the disorder are diagnosed by the time they are 7 or 8 years old. For many kids, this has something to do with the signs that are displayed once they join school, which are related to their behavioural habits. For example, children who have ADHD are likely to show their inability to await their turn in a group activity. As a result, they are likely to interrupt not only their peers but also their teachers to say express their thoughts.
  3. For those who are not well versed with this issue that so many children face, the behaviour of a child with ADHD come across as being outright selfish. However, this is really not the case. In many cases, since children with ADHD find it difficult to follow plans and set out tasks, their inability to do so is often considered as a lack of intelligence. Such judgements can lower the morale of the child and make him or her feel inadequate, insecure and left out.

Many children who have ADHD are not loud and usually, do not stand out in a group. Rather, they are more likely to be the quiet ones who daydream. All this can have major effects on the academic record of the child, and it is fair to say that he or she is quite likely to underperform compared to the rest of the students in the class.

If you see any of these signs, do not be alarmed. However, do seek a doctor’s opinion to know for sure if your child has ADHD.

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Hi Sir, Mere beta 9 years ka hai. Usmai. Adhd ke lakshan hai please help kere ki uski yh problem sahi ho jaye.

Dr.Sajeev Kumar 90% (39290ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Hi Sir, Mere beta 9 years ka hai. Usmai. Adhd ke lakshan hai please help kere ki uski yh problem sahi ho jaye.
In some children, the ADHD will continue into adulthood and his details need to be assessed and his paediatrician needs to be consulted
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