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Are there any long-term effects associated with taking ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medications? If so, what are they and what medications are implicated?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 95% (26692 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Are there any long-term effects associated with taking ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medications? I...
There are no long-term effects associated with taking ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medications if taken fro a clear case o ADHD
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Top 10 Psychologist in Delhi!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Psychologist in Delhi!

According to reports, anxiety disorders and multiple personality disorders are very common these days. An experienced psychologist can help you. Top 10 psychologist in Delhi are:

1. Dr. Vikas Khanna

BDS, Diploma in Hypnotherapy (DHT), Certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Certification course in Genes and Human Condition, Certification in Psychology at work

Dr. Khanna is a well experienced psychologist, in Delhi. He has 18 years of experience and runs his own chain of clinic - Dr Vikas Khanna's Counseling & Hypnotherapy Clinic, in Delhi & Gurgaon. He is also a hypnotherapist and practices past life regression that is helpful in treating phobia. Other areas of super specialities  are marital counselling, depression, anxiety and stress

Consultation fees: ₹1500

2. Dr. Pooja Anand Sharma 

Ph.D - Psychology, M.Sc. - Counselling and Psychotherapy,, M.A - Psychology , Certificate in Psychometric Testing

Dr. Pooja Anand Sharma is treating patients for more than 12 years now. She is known for her compassion, care and personal touch. She deals with problems such as behavior issues, anger, stress and anxiety, Counselling for drug and alcohol abuse, OCD. She also deals with family issues like parenting issues and doubts, premarital counseling. You can visit her at Vishwas Healing Centre- Rohini.

Consultation fees: ₹500

3. Dr. Rakhi Anand (PhD)

PhD - Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Clinical and community psychology, MA - Clinical Psychology, BA - Psychology

Dr. Rakhi Anand is a clinical and counselling psychologist, with 27 years of experience. She is associated with many hospitals like Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi, Sarita Vihar. She is an active member of the Delhi Psychiatric Society and has done her training from from NIMHANS (Bangalore)  in cognitive behaviour therapy. She is known for her counselling skills in psychological disorders especially in adolescents. She is also good at treating at anxiety disorder, stress and depression, phobias, personality disorders and family problems like marital counselling.

Consultation fees: ₹1500 - 1800

4. Dr. Prof. G.B. Singh (PhD)

PhD - Psychology, MA - Psychology & Behavioural Medicine

WIth 27 years of experience, Dr. Singh is a psychologist and counsellor, who is known for his ethical practice and warm nature. His special interest areas are relationship & marital counselling, anxiety , stress and depression therapy.  He is nationally and internationally, recognised for his role in revolutionizing approach towards cognitive-behavioural issues. He practices in Delhi and Gurgaon.

Consultation fees: ₹1400 - 1500

5. Dr. (Prof) RK Suri (PhD)

PhD - Clinical Psychology, MA - Applied Psychology, M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching, LLB

Prof (Dr) R. K Suri is a well known counsellor and a professor with 34 years of experience. He masters at different approaches like hypnotherapy, psychoanalysis, neuropsychological assessment to treat various cognitive, behavioural and personality disorders. He is recognized internationally for his contribution in the field of cognitive neuropsychology and brain neuroplasticity. His interest areas are depression, OCDs, anxiety, and cognitive behaviour problems like learning disorders in children. He runs his own chain of clinics- Psychowellness Centre at different places in Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹2000 - 3000

6. Dr. Deepali Batra

M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, M.A.- Clinical Psychology

Dr. Deepali Batra, is practicing psychologist in Delhi with 14 years of experience. She is considered as a specialist at psychological assessment for children as well as adults and at conducting child psychology workshops. Her interest areas are intelligence and dyslexia, ADHD, issues related to cognitive behaviour and marriage and relationship counselling. She is practising at PALS For Children & Adults, Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹1200

7. Ms. Anu Gehlot

M.Phil - Psychology, Masters In Psychology, BA-Psychology

Ms. Gehlot, is a psychologist with 6 years of experience. She is known for her skills of counselling especially in cases of anger management, abnormal behavior, sex addiction counselling, depression & stress. She is currently practicing at Monga Medical Centre, Delhi.

Consultation fees: ₹800- 1000

8. Dr. Nisha Khanna

Ph. D - Psychology

Dr. Nisha Khanna, is famous as a marriage counsellor. She is amongst the most prominent name in Delhi. In 18 years of experience she has handled more than 3200 cases. Her clientage is worldwide and she can be often seen talking on various channels and media about issues of stress, depression and temperament issues in marriage.

Consultation fees: ₹500

9. Mrs. Upasana Chaddha Vij

MA - Psychology, PhD Psychology

With 8 years of experience Mrs. Vij is a well known name in Delhi, when it comes to clinical psychology. She is practicing in Panchsheel park & Malviya Nagar, Delhi. She has lots of patience and compassion that is very important to live a more productive and meaningful life.

Consultation fees: ₹1100

10. Ms. Jagriti Sharma

M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, BA(Hons.) Applied Psychology, MA - Clinical Psychology, PGD in Rehabilitation Psychology, Advanced Diploma in Behavior Testing

Ms. Sharma is a clinical psychologist, with 9 years of experience. She has given counselling a new dimension, by her skills and the methods used.She has handled some difficult cases in her career. Her special focus is on children who learning and behaviour issues like dyslexia or ADHD.

Consultation fees: ₹700

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How To Prevent ADHD During Pregnancy?

Dr. Vikas Jain 95% (144 ratings)
MD, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Delhi
How To Prevent ADHD During Pregnancy?

The tendency for the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which is more popularly known as ADHD, during the months of pregnancy is growing with each passing day. The main reason behind this is the increased exposure to the digital devices. This disorder is characterized by some specific characteristics, the most common ones being the inability to concentrate on anything and being hyperactive at all times of the day. People tend to show impulsive actions in all cases.

But the good news is that the researchers have come up with some possible solutions to ADHD during pregnancy with the help of which it can be prevented-

  1. Curb the intake of sugars: One of the main steps that you can take towards preventing the development of ADHD during your pregnancy is going on a low sugar diet. Several types of research have proved that when the mother has a high sugar diet, it directly correlates to the development of ADHD. The reason behind this is quite simple. It is because there is a particular gene in the human body called the IGF2 and this gene is responsible for the development of the brain. But when there is a high amount of sugar in the diet, the IGF2 levels are compromised which ultimately leads to the development of ADHD. So, don’t take too much of processed proteins and stick to a healthy diet. If necessary, approach a dietician who can give you a proper diet chart to follow.
  2. Get the proper probiotics for yourself: Probiotics have a major role in many of the health conditions and one of them is the development of ADHD in pregnancy. Adding the necessary probiotics to a pregnant woman is not only good for her overall health but also enhances the growth and development of the fetus. Not only does the application of the right probiotics prevents the chances of development of ADHD in newborns, but it also reduces the risk of development of conditions like autism, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and even schizophrenia.
  3. Keep your cell phones away from you: All forms of digital devices create a heavy impact on the fetus leading to ADHD in many cases. Mobile phones are no doubt an important part of your lifestyle but you can keep them away from yourself when they are not needed, especially, keep them away from your pockets.
  4. Drink filtered water: Unfiltered water contains many chemicals and other unhygienic substances. You should refrain from consuming unfiltered water especially in your months of pregnancy.

In the months of pregnancy, when your body is vulnerable to the outside factors that are harmful, you must stay extra vigilant and take all the precautions necessary to ensure that your child does not develop ADHD. Maintain your diet and don’t skip your checkups. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I need to know where I could go and get a diagnosis done for ADD /ADHD. I have been facing similar or the same symptoms ever since I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I've lost everything at this point, I've been kicked out of the house and I would just like to know if there's something wrong with me, or it's a common problem that many people have and can be resolved with whatever means necessary. I'm a 20 year old man and I don't have a slightest idea where to get help. I've tried calling medical tycoons like Apollo hospitals, Sahyadri hospitals and Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, but got minimal to no help.

Dr. Mohit Kurundwadkar 88% (24 ratings)
MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Chandigarh
I need to know where I could go and get a diagnosis done for ADD /ADHD.  I have been facing similar or the same sympt...
Hello sir, first of all ADHD is a clinical diagnosis which we phisicians make dere is no test for dat, the essential criteria for diagnosis of ADHD is dat it should be present in less than 7 years old person. Your age is 20 doesn't fit dat diagnosis. Kindly mention your complaints in details feel free to consult me in private online.
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Depression In Children & Young Adults - What Is The Right Way To Manage It?

Dr. G B Singh 87% (10 ratings)
Consultant Dyslexia, Autism & Child Psychologist. Consultant Clinical & Mental Health Psychologist., Post Masters Doc in Behavioural Medicine , Post Masters Doc Psychology
Psychologist, Noida
Depression In Children & Young Adults - What Is The Right Way To Manage It?

Depression in children and young people affect people from ages 5 to 18. About one in four children in India suffer from childhood depression. Boys and girls up to the age of 10 and 16 respectively, are more prone to depression. As per the report released by WHO, among 10 South-East Asian countries, India has the highest suicide rate. An estimated rate of suicide per 1 lakh population of the age group of 15-29 is 35.5 percent.



Definition and Signs 
According to Thompson (1995), depression is an overall lowering of normal functions which is not specific to any one component of the mind. Clinically, the signs and symptoms of depression have the following components:

  1. Mood Changes: sadness, irritability, sense of loss of interest even in cherished activities
  2. Cognitive changes: inefficient thinking, poor self-esteem, a feeling of hopelessness, loss of concentration, poor attention span, indecisiveness. Rarely, suicidal tendencies, delusions, hallucinations.
  3. Physical changes: low energy, apathy, tiredness, increase or decrease in appetite, disturbed sleep, low emotional responsiveness. Children in primary school stage may report of headaches and stomach aches, limb pain.
  4. Impairment in personal and/or social functioning: Self-harm, deterioration in school work without any specific reason, sudden and persistent levels of aggression and irritability.

Causes:

  1. Marital or family disharmony
  2. Divorce and separation
  3. Physical and sexual abuse
  4. Domestic violence
  5. Problems at school: bullying, social isolation, exam failure
  6. Severe personal assault
  7. Children with parents suffering from depression

Diagnosis of Childhood Depression
Any child suffering from symptoms of depression for at least 2 weeks, should be scheduled to visit his health care provider. Parents and guardians should eliminate any physical reasons for the symptoms before visiting a mental health professional. There are no specific medical or psychological tests that can clearly diagnose childhood depression. Following measures can help to make an accurate diagnosis:

  1. Questionnaires for both the child and parents.
  2. Interviews and study of the patient's history by a mental health professional.
  3. Information from friends, teachers, and classmates can be useful to detect early symptoms of childhood depression.

Treatment

  • To alleviate depressive disorder
  • To reduce concurrent related conditions like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) and learning disabilities
  • To promote normal social and emotional development and school performance
  • Relieve family distress
  • To prevent or reduce the risk of relapse


Psychological therapy is the first line of treatment and includes:

  1. Cognitive behavioural therapy in group and individual format
  2. Interpersonal psychotherapy focuses on interpersonal issues like interpersonal conflicts, grief and loss and its effect on current feelings and problems
  3. Psychodynamic child psychotherapy where children are given a way to express their issues through playing, drawing, talking
  4. Family therapy deals with solving family-related issues and management of crisis
  5. Art therapy is an approach to vent out your negative feelings using creative expression as an outlet.
  6. Guided self-help helps you in understanding the core of the problems and finding ways to manage the same with the help of a professional.
  7. Relaxation and self-modelling can go a long way in dealing with depression. Relaxation techniques like exercising, meditating and yoga help your mind soothe and reduce stress and anxiety which in turn elevates the mood and reduces depression.
  8. Counselling has help people overcome loneliness and discuss the things that make them feel low openly. This helps in seeking a solution for that particular cause.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hello, my son is 9 years old. He is facing the problem of ADHD. His mind does not work completely as compared to the normal child but he has sharp memory. Please suggest what to do for him.

Dr. Shripad Kulkarni 93% (927 ratings)
M.D.( Pediatrics), DCH
Pediatrician,
Hello, my son is 9 years old. He is facing the problem of ADHD. His mind does not work completely as compared to the ...
Visit developmental pediatrician in your area for assessment and advice. It requires multidisciplinary (team) approach. That is the right place for your child to be taken care of.
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ADHD: What You Need To Know?

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 91% (14251 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
ADHD: What You Need To Know?

ADHD: What You Need To Know?

ADHD in Adults - How Best It Can Be Diagnosed?

Dr. Dolly Anadkat 89% (511 ratings)
Ph. D - Psychology, Professional Certified Coach
Psychologist, Ahmedabad
ADHD in Adults - How Best It Can Be Diagnosed?

Concentration problems and trouble in focusing on one task at a time can be termed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, in rare and severe cases. While most of the cases are identified in one's childhood, it has been seen that many cases persist into adulthood while still others go completely undiagnosed. This mental health disorder comes with a number of symptoms and management methods. Read on to know more.

Symptoms: While many patients suffering from this disorder may not display any obvious symptoms at a young age as children are supposed to be brimming with energy, the symptoms for adult ADHD, start to show up in a more obvious fashion. Wavering concentration and low levels of focus along with disorganised living with impulsiveness are the first signs of adult ADHD. Such adults also have trouble when it comes to finishing one task at a time, or even focusing on a task for a prolonged period of time. Bouts of impatience and excessive activity can also show up as symptoms, while restlessness is a quality that most of these patients seem to possess.

Diagnosis: The diagnosis of this condition is slightly difficult because most adults may complain of some or the other symptoms related to this condition at some point in their lives. Anxiety and mood swing related symptoms can help in diagnosing the condition in a better manner. If the condition ends up disrupting your normal life, work, socialising and behaviour in general, then you may want to see a doctor regarding the same, so that proper diagnosis may take place.

Causes: While genetic predisposition is said to be the foremost cause of this condition, especially when it continues well into adulthood, there are various environmental factors that may also have a significant bearing on the onset of the condition. Exposure as a child increases the risk of falling prey to this condition. Also, when there are problems with the central nervous system during the developing years, the patient may start to develop symptoms connected with this disorder later on.

Treatment: Stimulants and other medication like anti-depressants, nonstimulant amphetamine are also used for treating this condition along with therapy and psychological counselling for better organisation in life.

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Autism And Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - How Homeopathy Plays A Role In Treating Them?

Dr. Sonia Gupta 92% (620 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy, Gold medallist
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Autism And Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - How Homeopathy Plays A Role In Treating Them?

Autism-
Autism is a spectrum disorder that encompasses abnormalities in the development of the brain. It is characterized by under-developed cognitive abilities and difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication. Repetitive behavioral patterns are also symptoms of autism.

Symptoms Of Autism:

  1. Less or no eye contact while communication
  2. Annoying obstinacy in behavior
  3. Abnormal behavior like excessive possessiveness to certain objects or repetitive acts
  4. Prefers solitude
  5. The child shrieks and screams. There are mood swings, such as crying and laughing without any reason.
  6. Physical under-activity or hyperactivity
  7. Under-developed fine motor skills, such as writing, reading, drawing, and others. 
  8. The child repeats the same words (echolalia). 
  9. Oversensitivity or low sensitivity to pain
  10. Such children cannot express themselves intellectually but can reciprocate if shown affection.

The causes of Autism, though not definitively known, are believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There are some structural and functional changes in the brain in case of autism, however, the exact cause is still unknown. It is a complex disorder where the causes are presumed at the genetic level, such as some contraindicated medicines consumed during pregnancy, exposure to environmental chemicals, metabolic imbalance, vaccination, and others. However, vaccination is the most uncommon cause of autism.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological disorder that affects the executive functions of the brain which help us assess and plan. ADHD manifests itself as an inability to concentrate and follow instructions in order to complete a task. A difficulty in organizing activities and reluctance in engaging in tasks are also symptoms of ADHD. Being easily distracted, speaking excessively and intruding conversations can also be symptoms of the condition.

These are the common symptoms seen when a child is evaluated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-

  • Distractibility & difficulty with focus and concentration
  • Procrastination
  • Short-term memory lapses
  • Tardiness, impulsiveness
  • Weak planning and execution – symptoms to look for in adults
  • Problem in organizing the ideas and belonging

Common causes to be linked:

  1. Genetic disorder
  2. Head injury
  3. Tobacco smoking during pregnancy
  4. Malnutrition

Since both Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affect the cognitive and behavioral patterns and development of the child, an overlap between the two is understandable. Physicians are extremely careful when they diagnose a child with either of the neurological disorders.

Homeopathy Treatments-
Homeopathic treatments methods do not involve chemicals and thus can be administered for a long time. They also do not carry any risk of side effects. Since homeopathic therapies are tailored to individual needs, each remedy is targeted for different patients depending on each person's needs and requirements. Also, since they have a direct impact on the nervous system, they produce effective results.

Homeopathic treatments can remedy either the entire constitution of the child or target individual symptoms. These remedies will help the child concentrate and develop his cognitive abilities.

Benefits of Homeopathic Treatments-

  1. Individuality- No two children are the same and a neurological condition, be it Autism or ADHD, will not manifest itself in the same way in any two of them as well. The symptoms may be similar but how they respond to the treatment will vary. And practitioners of homeopathy allow the individuality of a child be the driving factor when any treatment option is prescribed.
  2. Safety- Homeopathic medicines are extremely safe and have no adverse side effects. And since these medications are administered to children with Autism and ADHD, both neurological disorders, their safety is a vital benefit that needs to be taken into account.
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ADHD - Understanding Its Prevalence!

Dr. Jaydeepsinh Gohil 95% (14 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Vadodara
ADHD - Understanding Its Prevalence!

ADHD refers to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is a brain-related condition found among preschoolers, children, teenagers and in many cases extends well into adulthood. These individuals have significant impairment in academics as well as social situations and interpersonal relations. The child has difficulty sustaining attention, phases of hyper activeness and cannot control his/her impulses which make their day to day life at school and home difficult.

ADHD Symptoms

The symptoms of this disorder among children can be categorized under three headings.

 


 

 

Hyperactivity which includes

  1. Fidgets often
  2. Restlessness
  3. Inability to stay at one place runs around and tries to climb things
  4. Trouble playing quietly
  5. Excessive talking

 Inattention, which can be divided into symptoms like

  1. Getting easily distracted
  2. Tendency to loose things
  3. Daydreaming
  4. Facing problems related to organizing things
  5. Not listening carefully
  6. Forgetting about daily activities, carelessness

Impulsiveness

  1. Interrupts others as they speak and talks out of turn
  2. Answers questions without listening to what has been asked
  3. Not being able to wait for their turn to come

Prevalence :
10-12% of school children before puberty are affected by one or more types of ADHD. ADHD especially hyperactivity is more prevalent in boys than in girls, with the ratio up to 9:1. Inattention and poor concentration are more commonly seen amongst girls. The rate of ADHD in parents and sibling of children with ADHD is 5-10 times higher than in the general population.

ADHD Causes

The probable causes of ADHD among children are,

1. Neurodevelopmental changes - Poorly developed activity of the brain particularly in the areas that control attention and concentration cause ADHD. This causes an imbalance in the neurotransmitters or the chemicals important for brain functioning and development.

2. Genetic Factors - genetic studies show that ADHD is largely hereditary in nature with a heritability of 75% approximately.

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