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I read something about pesticides being linked to ADHD. Are they? If so, which ones?

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Molly Hartle
Molly Hartle answered:

Prenatal exposure to toxins is among a number of environmental factors linked to ADHD. A recent study showed that prenatal exposure to the pesticide organophosphates increased a child’s chances of...

Can stimulant medication stunt children’s growth? If so, why?

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medstudent
medstudent answered:

Studies have shown that children who take stimulant medication for ADHD are one centimeter shorter than their un-medicated peers. Further research has shown that by the time children on stimulation...

Can caffeine be used to treat ADHD?

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Joyteach
Joyteach answered:

P.S. Did you know that more than ninety percent of North Americans consume caffeine daily?

What’s the determining factor for an ADHD diagnosis?

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medstudent
medstudent answered:

Only licensed medical professionals can diagnosis ADHD. A comprehensive diagnosis includes a clinical evaluation, medical exam and standardized tests. (See ADHD Diagnosis.) However, the most...

Is ADHD a real diagnosis?

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Molly Hartle
Molly Hartle answered:

Yes and no. Although most people in the medical community view ADHD as a real diagnosis, some have suggested that the disorder is more or less a sham, born out of a cultural need for children to...

How important is family to individuals with ADHD?

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Molly Hartle
Molly Hartle answered:

Family support is extremely important to people with ADHD. Although generally this support will come in the form of a traditional family, it can also come in the form of friends and community support....

How does bipolar disorder and ADHD differ in children?

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medstudent
medstudent answered:

Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of intense elation followed by periods of major depression. Research shows that whereas children with bipolar disorder and ADHD experience symptoms of...

Does anyone know of any good books for ADHD?

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pfrancis55
pfrancis55 answered:

Dr. Edward Hallowell has written some of the best books on ADHD. A fellow ADHD suffering, Hallowell had authored more than 18 books on the subject, including *Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and...

Is stimulant medication addictive?

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pfrancis55
pfrancis55 answered:

When used correctly, stimulant medication is not addictive. However, young people have been known to abuse stimulant medication by either taking too much or by crushing it up and inhaling it.

Can ADHD be cured?

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medstudent
medstudent answered:

Researchers have yet to discover a cure for ADHD. Similarly, there is no known cause for ADHD. To learn more about the prognosis of ADHD, go to “What is ADHD?”

Can Ritalin help my child’s academic performance?

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Richard
Richard answered:

Ritalin is not intended to improve cognitive functioning. Rather, it helps children to focus, setting the stage for improve learning in the future. Thus, whereby Ritalin is unlikely to improve a...

I read that people who take Ritalin as children are at a greater risk of substance abuse. True?

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Molly Hartle
Molly Hartle answered:

Studies show that individuals on stimulation medication for ADHD are at no greater risk for substance abuse than anyone else. Other studies show that the use of stimulation medication in childhood may...

Is it true that people with ADHD are often depressed?

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Joyteach
Joyteach answered:

Studies show that children with ADHD are three times more likely to become depressed than children without the disorder. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression, see [“Depression...

Can a preschooler be diagnosed with ADHD?

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Joyteach
Joyteach answered:

A preschooler can be diagnosed with ADHD. Parents should keep an eye out for two red flags: expulsion from preschool due to aggressive and/or inappropriate behavior and peer rejection. For more...

Do people ever use herbs to treat ADHD?

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cindyp
cindyp answered:

Herbs can help lessen the symptoms of ADHD although they rarely offer a standalone solution. For a full list, see ADHD Treatment: Herbs.

Is ADHD ever misdiagnosed?

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Miguel
Miguel answered:

Did you see today’s USA Today? An article reported that nearly one million children have been diagnosed with ADHD simply because they were the youngest person in their class....

Do stimulants work for adults?

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Molly Hartle
Molly Hartle answered:

Stimulants do work for adults although they tend to be more effective in children. However, there are a number of non-stimulant options for adults who don’t respond to stimulants. Among those popular...

How effective is the Feingold diet for ADHD?

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medstudent
medstudent answered:

The Feingold diet is best described as a mixed bag. Whereas the diet’s proponents vehemently support it, pointing to a 50 percent success rate, its opponents say it has never been proven...

What’s most effective: Medication or behavioral treatment?

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Molly Hartle
Molly Hartle answered:

In 1999, a major study showed that stimulation medication alone is not only more effective than behavioral treatment but is more effective than stimulation medication and behavioral treatment...

If a child has ADHD, does it mean that he or she has a low I.Q.?

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medstudent
medstudent answered:

ADHD has nothing to do with I.Q. Individuals with ADHD are no more likely to have a low I.Q. than anyone else. Indeed some of the world’s most intelligent people are purported to have ADHD including...

 
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