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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

David asks…

If my little guy start taking meds for ADHD but hi TS tics still remain, what are the options?

Both my son and I have adhd symptoms (he’s diagnosed but I’m not). We both have tics and the people who diagnosed him said that this was just the ADHD but I do not think so. I was not too impulsive as a child yet I had tics, and my boy can call out something or screech even when he is in a relatively calm state (so it is not about regulating states of mind as I am told the cause is).

Any how, I am not getting excited about the prospect of giving him medication as I am not sure it will affect the tics and I wonder If they will be more noticeable then.
For example, he is happy being daft an making silly noises but he finds it easier to play the fool as he doesn’t have to explain outbursts. When he has to be sensible or is feeling sensible and something pops out he smiles and apologizes but in quite a shy way and sometimes looks embarrassed.

I would honestly let him keep being the class clown rather than him feel embarrassed. But are there other options that can work for TS and ADHD together?

admin answers:

I am not in favor of giving children medicine if there is any other options. I too would think that his problem is more likely explained by the TS and yes, the medicines can cause the Tics.

I would go for a second opinion, either from a psychiatrist or neurologists that has a reputation for dealing with children and TS. It may still mean he needs a medication, but maybe there is a more appropriate one.

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

Laura asks…

Any vitamins that will help a hyper child?

My 5 year old is taking gummy omegalicious omega 3 formula.It helps with brain,memory and mood.
I have noticed a difference and she has only been taking it for a month now.
Do you know of any other vitamin that helps with hyperness.
I am not trying to medicate my child.I have heard that there are some vitamins out that help with ADHD symptoms.Do you know of any?Thanks.

admin answers:

I would give her a vitamin D supplement (along with her multivitamin). A lot of people have said that their ADHD symptoms improve dramatically from it.
Http://ezinearticles.com/?ADHD-Or-Lack-of-Vitamin-D?&id=1936967
There are studies being done now that show most of us are deficient in vitamin D since it’s absorbed through our skin by being in the sun (without sunblock) and most of us are indoors almost all day. You can get vitamin D in food to but, only a fraction of what is made in our skin.

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Question?: Adhd

Mandy asks…

How can I learn to cope with my ADHD symptoms without medication?

I have adhd and I’m in college and I’m having a hard time focusing and remembering to do my homework. I always feel anxious, overwhelmed, discouraged, and unmotivated to do anything. I feel like I will never be successful. I tried medications and they worked but they made my heart race. I don’t want to use medications but sometimes I feel like it’s the only way to go. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

admin answers:

There are tons of natural things to help! I’ve always used caffiene to help my symptoms. The pills just put me in a daze- I could concentrate but I didn’t have interest in anything. So instead I started drinking one cup of coffee every morning. It slowed everything down to a normal level, but I was still myself. This doesn’t work for everybody, so I would say to try if for a week and see if it helps you. Also, try running every morning. Physical exercise is the best thing for anybody, but especially for adhd. It gives you time to think and let your mind wander while using up your excess of energy that keeps you unfocused. The most important thing I did though was to focus on what is important to me. Us ADHD kids will never care about anything that isn’t of direct importance to us. If we don’t care we’ll end up not paying attention and then cramming for the final and scraping a C in the class- trust me I did this for years. But once I started to study about things I cared about I got straight A’s. So follow your heart and your mind will be happy.
Good luck!

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

Sharon asks…

Is it possible to develop adhd at 14?

Last year i researched adhd symptoms and what causes it and i thought i had it. A few people said i probably have it because i had all of the symptoms for an inattentive type. I have an appointment tommorow for adhd and i was just wondering if its even possible to develop it at an age that isnt so young. Most kids develop it at 4-6 around there and i know for sure i wasn’t like this under grade 6!

admin answers:

You are generally born with it, or noticed it later on. It is characterized by a lack of impulse-control. It might be caused by your early diet, or some genetic predisposition. The thalamus functions differently in those with ADHD or ADD. There are different types of ADD.

1. Slob-like behavior. (messy room etc)
2. Poor grades in school despite being bright.
3. Poor math skills despite being bright.
4. Poor reasoning, presence of mind.
5. Constant daydreaming, fantasizing.
6. Profound procrastination.
7. Anger/Depression
8. Highly creative person.
9. Poor upkeep (laundry, cleaning, dishes)
10. Start talking before others finish speaking.
11. Never finish anything.
12. Begin many projects which are never finished.
13. Easily distracted.
14. Constant shaking of leg, or other nervous behavior.
15. Behavioral outbursts, or resentment of authority.
16. Marijuana use.
17. Find reading books unpleasant or difficult to adhere to.
18. Sensory-seeking behaviors.

These constitute a classic ADD person. Completely and utterly unable to remain focused on action for their own benefit. It is because they are ‘blind’ in a sense. The link between thought and action is broken. They cannot make thoughts translate to actions. Whereas, normal people think “I should do the laundry” and then they do it. An ADD person will think “I should do the laundry”, but it will seem impossible to them. They will not be able to apply logic to the situation, such as “If I do my laundry I will have clean clothes.”

Because of this, their intelligence remains hidden away, submerged beneath a subterfuge of abstractions and anxiety. It is a very sad affair. Many of these individuals might have been outstanding contributors to society.

Certain drugs provide this logic, and make the missing connection. Amphetamines are very effective, although they can turn some people into wretches. They also cause prescribing doctors and psychiatrists to become extraordinarily paranoid and stupid, looking for signs and symptoms of adverse effects of the drug when there are none at all.

An ADD person will often seek out marijuana because it provides about a 15 minute window of ‘clarity’ where you can ‘see’. However, marijuana eventually rewires the motivational center of the brain and makes ADD worse. Not to mention, anxiety, paranoia and depression.

So, yes it is very possible to have ADD at your age, but you should be sure that this is the case. It can always be improved by exercise, but not everyone’s personality is suited for a ‘fit & active’ lifestyle (web programmer etc.).

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms In Adults

Mandy asks…

Is it true that ADHD could be misdiagnosed as bipolar and vis versa?

In an adult 55 year old male, how is one diagnosis substituted for another? I heard that forced speech is a symptom of both ADHD and bipolar. What other symptoms do these disorders have in common? What would be the appropriate medication?

admin answers:

It honestly depends. They can share common traits but sometimes someone with bipolar also has ADHD. Go to your psychiatrist not doctor and explain your concern. They will try and find the right diagnosis.

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

Thomas asks…

Question for parents that have a child with ADHD or ADD?

My 5yo son has ADHD, he has been taking concerta since August. Parents what steps have you taken to reduce the ADHD symptoms? Id like insight on what other parents are doing. I’m changing his diet and we are going to get out of the house more. What are you doing? I pray this disorder would disappear!
The concerta works fine. I don’t want him on meds forever. I wanted some insight on what other parents are doing. I could always use new ideas.

admin answers:

Who diagnosed him? Is the concerta working?
There are a lot of factors that contribute to adhd type behaviors.

Edit – it depends on what behaviors you want to change. Structure, choosing your battles, consistency (mean what you say and say what you mean, think real hard before you threaten a consequence because you have to follow through and you can’t follow through with certain threats, let’s be honest.) also – don’t go over the top with consequences. Some parents can get so frustrated that they end up giving so many punishments or consequences that the whole point is lost on the child. Like taking away ALL privileges for a month…make the consequence follow the misbehavior as soon as possible. Remember too that a child with adhd can learn to have some measure of control over his behaviors. It just takes a little more time and patience than it would for another child. Good luck.
Oh, and the diet is important – i think anyway in my experience. NO red dye. A lot of people might think that’s a bunch of nonsense, but i’ve seen it – artificial dyes and preservatives do exacerbate adhd behaviors (as well as mood disorders).

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms In Adults

Susan asks…

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

Helen asks…

Has any one had trouble with ADHD medication in their child?

My 5 year old son started Focalin XR, and I have seen slight improvements in his ADHD symptoms, but he has become very whiny and crys over things he wouldnt have before. Has anyone ever experienced this in their child with a medication before?

admin answers:

This is a side effect of the medication that WILL pass in time. It won’t last months just a few weeks. I have a son who was diagnosed at 7 with ADHD and was put on Adderall XR and he went through the same exact thing and in a short amount of time this did end for him….

You will notice it when the medication has work off or even around bed time. It is ok for this to happen. Most all medications in this world have one side effect or another and sometimes we don’t get them and sometimes we do……………..this one is natural.

Do some reading up on the medication and it will be something I am sure that is listed…..Don’t worry for him he will be fine…it will pass.

— I hope this helps to reassure you from one mom to another of a child taking medication for ADHD —

— good luck —

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms In Adults

Laura asks…

Do you know any home remedies that can help to diminish the symptoms of ADHD in adults?

Please, don’t say caffeine as it only makes the symptoms worse.
Tx!

admin answers:

In my culture, we use verbena as a calming, relaxing infusion. It is so safe that it is even given to babies in the bottle, it tastes sweet and minty and does not even need sugar to sweeten it (which can add to hyperactivity).
You get it in bags of dried leaves (the best), very cheap and lasts forever!
You can buy it from ethnic stores.
I personally do not like the ones in tea bags, generally mixed with all sorts of other leaves.

You need to have it in the house and during periods of stress and anxiety, it is very soothing to enjoy a cup. But someone with such serious condition, you would may be try it over at least 4 to 5 weeks on a daily basis, (no more tea or coffee breaks, just verbena breaks!)

You may want to ask your doctor on how safe it is for this very person who will use it. I have never heard of any side effects apart from a particular great feeling of being eased into sleep when night time comes. And by the way, it works great on cellulite too.

Good luck

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