ADD-ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that can affect children and adults and characterized by becoming easily bored, constant fidgeting and daydreaming.

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What medications are used to treat ADHD?

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The most common medications used to treat ADHD are drugs belonging to a category of drugs called psychostimulants. These drugs include amphetamines such as Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts), Adderall XR (mixed amphetamine salts extended-release), Desoxyn (methamphetamine), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine), Dexedrine Spansules (dextroamphetamine), and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Many other stimulants contain methylphenidate, including drugs such as Ritalin, Methylin, Concerta, Metadate, Daytrana (methylphenidate transdermal). Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) and Focalin XR (dexmethylphenidate extended-release) are, simply put, simply more potent forms of methylphenidate also used for ADHD. Amphetamines work by increasing levels of the monoamines dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Methylphenidate and dexmethylphenidate have no clinically significant effect on serotonin. By increasing extra cellular concentrations of monoamines there is increased receptor binding leading to enhanced cellular communication. For the most part the areas of the brain that are most stimulated are the under active areas that control impulse (and other things). As a result the under active areas "wake up" and are better able to control impulse and concentration. Strattera (atomoxetine) is a non-stimulant FDA approved for ADHD typically used in people who fail to properly respond to stimulants, for people with substance abuse problems, and some doctors used Strattera as a first time treatment despite the fact Strattera is not nearly as effective as stimulants. Strattera is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, more similar to antidepressants than other FDA approved ADHD medication. Strattera acts by inhibiting the norepinephrine transporter (NET), preventing norepinephrine from going back into the pre-synaptic cell which increased receptor binding. The drugs Catapres (clonidine) and Tenex (guanfacine) are also popular and can be taken alone or more commonly taken with a stimulant. These drugs also reduce side effects like insomnia. The FDA has recently approved Intuniv (guanfacine extended-release) and Kapvay (clonidine extended-release) for ADHD, particularly when taken with a stimulant. Off label medication are sometimes used including the antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion), and the "wake promoting agents" Provigil, Alertec (modafinil) and Nuvigil (armodafanil). Typically these drugs are only used when traditional stimulants fail or are added to stimulants. There are a number of other drugs that may be used depending on the severity and symptoms of the ADHD. Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) including Tofranil (imipramine), Norpramin (desipramine), and Aventyl, Pamelor (nortriptyline) have some evidence they are useful for ADHD. There is no "best" drug as each drug works differently with each individual. In some cases, medication is not effective for unknown reasons but 70-90% of people do respond to medication. As always talk to your doctor about treatment.
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What are the symptoms of ADHD?

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Symptoms include: Often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while seated. Having difficulty remaining seated. Having difficulty awaiting turn in games or group activities. Often blurting out friendus before questions are completed. Having difficulty in following instructions. Having difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities. Often shifting from one uncompleted task to another. Having difficulty playing quietly. Often talking excessively. Often interrupting or intruding on others. Often not listening to what is being said. Often forgetting things necessary for tasks or activities. Often engaging in physically dangerous activities without considering possible consequences. Being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli. Often fails to give close attention to details. Often makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities. Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities. Often becomes easily distracted by irrelevant sights, sounds and extraneous stimuli. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace. Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities. Often avoids tasks, such as schoolwork or homework, that require sustained mental effort. Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities, like school assignments, pencils, books, or tools. Often is forgetful in daily activities. Rarely follows instructions carefully and completely. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly. Often show little or no restrain in controlling their emotions Often becomes immersed in an activity they enjoy Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, is hard to define due to the fact it encompasses so many differing symptoms. The common traits are usually difficulty to pay attention due to being distracted easily, forgetfulness, inability to process future implications of actions and low or underweight, lean bodies. In some cases, though, instead of distractions being harder to avoid, people will hyperfocus, or not be aware of anything at all but what they are doing, and oftentimes obsess when making conversation. Many cases are in between. The problem falls in the fact that it encompasses such a wide range, there are intermediate cases and unique cases. A link between add and children's depression is theorized due to medications that treat add sometimes causing depression. It also goes the other way around. Hope this helps, and for more information try finding a good psychologist or psychiatrist and ask if you think you may have it. ADD is when you cant focus and you don't pay attention all the time when you are suppose to. your mind wanders all the time and you can hardly sit still. you space out a lot more then normal and you have a hard time keeping friends. Impatiences also is very common. Here are people answering and sharing their experiences about ADD: I always had a hard time keeping my house clean and organized. I was always cleaning but not getting much done. You know, cleaning in one room and having to go to another room for something and then start cleaning in there...etc...etc...before you know it, not much of anything is done. One day I just said forget it. The messier it got, the more depressed I got and was totally unable to do any cleaning because of the disorganization. I found that if you have ADD, its best to rid of all clutter and I mean all. It makes a world of difference. I told my mom about this, about how it's hard for me to clean because it's so "confusing" and she laughed. She can laugh all she wants cause she has it too, but won't admit to it. My dad used to ask me if I was doing drugs, which I wasn't. I will turn on the news to watch the weather only to find myself watching the sports since I had "taken a mind trip" for about 15 minutes. This happens quite frequently. I can even think about the fact that I may do this when I turn on the news so I try to pay attention and It still happens. It's crazy! I make lists for everything too but can't find them most of the time. For years I purchased over the counter ephedrine at the gas stations. This made me feel as normal as possible. I didn't know that I had ADD but I knew that I was different from most others and often have a hard time keeping friends, boyfriends, jobs or anything else for that matter...loosing lots of stuff. When I get on the Internet all holiness breaks loose cause I can have 20 screens open at a time, going from one topic to another, jotting down notes incessantly. I really thought I was crazy until I was diagnosed. I was 39 when diagnosed. My daughter has been diagnosed as well. She is 16 and I'm so glad that she won't have to go thru her life thinking she is "less than" because of this condition. I recommend this website: Medical Information. Lots of information here, including symptoms, a screener, etc. Also search for "ADHD" at these other sites: Mayo Clinic and Merck. Frustration, frustration and more frustration! I can't seem to finish anything. Even if I make a list to remind myself I lose the list or forget to take it to the store. I have ideas racing through my head and I am very ambitious, but never accomplish much. I then get depressed and feel hopeless When I was in grade school, I was always running around, even when my teachers forced me to sit down. I was always causing trouble, constantly forgetting to complete and hand in assignments, always daydreaming, and there wasn't a single week that went by without me staying behind for punishment. I had no friends, and my classmates all made fun of me, calling me "the different/naughty kid", and due to my ADHD, I had a very short fuse and always got into fights, getting me into deeper trouble. Now, in High school I switched from Ritalin to Concerta, a slow release medication which works wonders. I have better organization, have plenty of friends and a better grip on my emotions. However, I do occasionally drift off, and my short fuse does go off sometimes (the subject of my annoyance or frustration is usually a slightly annoying girl that has a slightly annoying crush on me) , but I try my best. Hyper-focus: ADD is less a deficiency of attention than the inability to regulate one's attention mechanism. This is discussed in the book "Driven to Distraction", which I read per my doctor's recommendation. The book describes one almost contradictory symptom of ADD called hyper-focus. It is when one focuses on some task or item of interest to the degree of forgetting everything else going on. It tends to be a very enjoyable state of mind, losing yourself in some enjoyable activity so to speak. The ability to hyper-focus (without stimulant medications) is one of the distinguishing traits of ADD or ADHD. Typically this symptom is present in most people with ADD, myself included. The problem is it tends to occur at random or at least with little conscious control. Whereas having the ability to switch this on and off at will would make for much less of the disaster area (speaking for myself only) that ADHD causes. It would be unusual for an adult to suddenly get Attention Deficit Disorder as it is usually something that happens in childhood and carries through to adulthood. Adults with ADD / ADHD struggle daily with self-regulation, regulating their attention, regulating their impulses in talking and action, and regulating their emotions. But this condition needs to be diagnosed by a doctor as there are other disorders that have similar symptoms you get hyper You are extremely hyper all the time, get distracted really easily, and like to talk ALOT. Those are the basic symptoms of ADHD.
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What effect can ADHD have on your relationships?

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Answer You will have to pay attention to showing up on time and following up on what you will say you will do. This is the glue that holds relationships together, so you definitely need the skills to manage this. Answer You will probably get in a fight or break-up every time you don't take your ADHD medication. For me, if I don't take it, I can't listen to anything she says nor do I want to. Adderrall is a miracle pill. Answer It depends if one of you has it or both of you do. It can allow you to be inattentive which may be upsetting to whom you have a relationship with. You should get some medication to control it, too!! Answer ADHD many times will have no negative effect on your relationships but can have many positive effects. ADHD people are normally above average in intelligence, they like many things and are able to do many different things and do them well, are energetic, fun, enthusiastic, interesting, and spontaneous among other things. They many times get bored very easily with people and situations. They sometimes get frustrated with people who are air-headed, use no common sense, do or say stupid things, or are generally kind of ignorant or stupid. It sounds kind of mean but they just can't relate to people like that very much. They usually don't have any trouble holding their attention to things that they are interested in rather than things that don't interest them. If you are looking for a predictable, low-keyed, ho-hum, do the same exact thing every day at the exact same time day after day after day you probably will not do well with an ADHD person. While they do have their routines their every move is not predictable and they many times will turn a ho-hum situation into fun at any given time. It all depends on the person's individual personality but there are common traits among ADHD people that are present in varying degrees. There are many celebrities that are ADHD and if you know who they are and watch them you can see the common traits that exist. For example, Ty on Extreme Home Makeover is ADHD and while he gets a little too pumped up sometimes you can see the energy, the upbeat attitude, the enthusiasm, etc. However, not all ADHD people have the same levels of energy, etc. In addition, I think Ty is the perfect person for that show because that show requires someone with his energy who can get things done and make the show fun and interesting. There are ADHD people who do not have that level of energy and goofiness but they usually have it on some level at least. The best thing an ADD or ADHD person and their partner can do is educate yourself using TRUSTED resources on ADD/ADHD. The more educated you are about ADHD the more you will learn about yourself or your partner. Answer ADD/ADHD can make people appear to be selfish, distant or inattentive. I find that if I remind my boyfriend of it (very gently and patiently), he's pretty receptive and willing to change. Sometimes I have to ask him to put his laptop away, or turn off the TV so we can have a conversation, but sometimes you should just wait for them to finish since they may have trouble coping with interruption when they're focused. And no one likes a demand to give up what they're doing, regardless of ADD or not. Basically, as long as you're patient and understanding, and he's aware of his condition and trying to accommodate you, it's not hard to make it work. He does need to work on it himself. You shouldn't always need to be the one catering to his needs. Answer My boyfriend has ADHD too. He often has mood swings. He takes medication but always seems to be depressed and angry even when he's not. He has got a loving side to him. He's really generous and can be really nice but when he has his little mood swings, I just comfort him, cheer him up and forget about the bad things he says. However, don't cut him too much slack. Answer i don't think it will affect your relationship. I have ADHD and I'm always hyper. My boyfriend still loves me the same. A partner may be somewhat immature in some aspects by having ADHD and may not be particularly helpful around the house. If your partner was on long term medication as a child he/she may have a problem with some form of substance abuse. Answer Learn to control your emotions. I have ADHD, and I, depending on whether i take medication or not, behave very differently. When I take medication, people say I seem calm, depressed, sometimes irritable, and relaxed. When i don't take medication, people say that I'm cheerful, but can't keep still. But nothing really matters if your girlfriend/boyfriend likes you for who you really are. Answer It depends on the people involved, who has the ADHD, whether they're medicated, what other issues-depression, anxiety-they deal with, as well as the gender of the person with ADHD. The "typical" symptoms associated with ADHD are those more noticeable in males. ADHD affects women differently. Due to a bunch of brain and development stuff I don't know all the details of, women tend to appear not as "H" in the ADHD. Generally, women are more indecisive and may seem fickle. They typically remain "on the fence" about issues and questions. There's a great book called friendus to Distraction which I gave to my husband to help him understand my ADHD a little better. Basically, when dealing with people and so many variables, there's no way to give a definitive answer to this question. Answer: I don't see how having ADHD could possibly have an affect on a relationship. I have been diagnosed with ADHD since a young age and it's never caused me any problems, especially not with any relationships.
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What are the symptoms of ADD?

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How does adult ADD ADHD affect relationships with other adults and partners?

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ADD is real.ADHD is a fake condition made up my drug companies! They had come up with a new drug and no use for it; so they dreamed up this fake condition! And pay others to falsely label others with it and then give/gave then lots of extra illegal money to those that prescribe it!How about you take up being honest with yourself and others?The ADD causes ones with it to have trouble keeping they attention on other things. Riding a bike and breathing deep can cause this to go away for about half a day! No drug can help!
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Are caffeine use and ADHD connected?

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Caffeine is mildly effective on adults with ADHD, but nowhere near as effective as prescription medications. It should be avoided for children and teens.
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What medications are used to treat ADD?

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Nothing with a positive effect!Riding my exercise bike fast, breathing deep for half of a tenth of a mile, then reg. breathing the next half of a tenth of mile. And doing this for a whole mile; takes my ADD away for about 12 Hours!
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What will ADHD medication do to a person without ADHD?

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It varies on the person, but it will most likely make you much more focused on things, curve your appetite, and cause insomnia It will give the effect of being under the influence of Amphetamine, also known as speed. I recommend you do no attempt an ADHD medication if not diagnosed with it by a Licensed professional. Second answer: Not only that, but you may become anemic and dramatically underweight, approach death as a small child, and become depressed. (personal experience from improper diagnosis of asperger's) Additional Information ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Active Disorder) is a real disorder that has become a scape goat for many people to explain their child's behavior in class (or at home, etc.) and therefore has gotten many children medicated for just being kids. You should know that as well as the aforementioned physical side effects ADHD medications mess with the chemicals in your brain, and that is not pleasant. You should only give medication to someone that has been tested by a qualified professional and may just need to accept that your child is normal.
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Is there an ADHD test?

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No where honest! It is a fake condition made up by drug companies for a new drug they had come up with, and could not find a use for the drug! So they make-up this fake one!If any doctor is willing to label you with this; best to leave them forever! Give yourself a chance to be safe!Pray to GOD about this!
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Can Wellbutrin treat ADHD?

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Nothing can treat ADHD because its s a Fake condition made-up by a drug company that had come up with a new drug. And No use for the drug! So they made-up their fake ADHD condition! Pay lots of illegal money to overly, greedy, so posit, doctors!The drug is far more likely to harm the innocent people!Pray to GOD about this!
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How do you know if you have ADHD?

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Nobody can have it! ADHD is a fake condition made up by a drug company! They can come up with a new drug and No use for it! So they made up this fake condition and keep paying greedy ones to falsely label people with it! The doctors that label and prescribe this are Breaking Laws! Best if you run from whom ever is trying to make you so!Pray to GOD about this!
Asked by Erin Hand in Parenting and Children, Sugar and Sweeteners, ADD-ADHD

Does sugar really make kids hyperactive?

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Not for most children. Contrary to popular belief, many studies have proven there's no link between most kids' sugar consumption and their level of activity. Some kids can be affected more than most, like those with ADHD or those who are more sensitive to blood sugar spikes—but these cases are the exception to the rule. Some researchers suggest the perceived link between sugar and hyperactivity comes from the conditions surrounding sugar intake. High-energy events, like birthday parties, often have sugar-rich treats as a centerpiece of the festivities—it’s not the sugar that’s hyping them up, pediatric dietitian Kristi L. King suggests, but the adrenaline. Further, one study illustrated that parents who think their children have consumed sugar rate their kids’ activity levels higher, even if they never actually had any sugar. So, although there are some notable exceptions, the link between sugar and hyper kids seems to be mostly imagined.
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What is methalyn?

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Do you mean Methylin? Or Methylphenidate is a drug that is used to treat persons with disorders as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, severe brain injuries and severe Asperger Syndrome. It is most known under the name Ritalin.
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Can you have both autism and ADHD at the same time?

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ADHD is a fake condition made-up by a drug company. The company had developed a new drug. Yet could Not find any thing it could help! So they made-up this fake condition! And pay extra to ones that do falsely label people with it! It is a devil following business!Pray to GOD about this!All people can get labeled with ADHD; is the side effects of the drug!
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What is the difference between autism and gifted?

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Autism is a brain abnormality. Its primary symptoms are communication problems, difficulty with social interactions, and extreme sensitivity to physical contact. Some autistic persons are gifted in some way- they have the ability to perform something extraordinarily well. Not all autistic persons are gifted, and only a small percentage of gifted persons are autistic.
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Can thyroid problems be mistaken for ADHD?

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According to Frank Barnhill, M.D., author of Mistaken for ADHD, thyroid and 50 other conditions can be mistaken for ADHD. An underactive thyroid or overactive thyroid can have symptoms like inattentiveness, poor memory or sleepiness, also symptoms of ADHD.
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What are the side effects of Strattera if you do not have ADHD?

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Side Effects of Strattera if no ADHD Here are friendus and opinions from FAQ Farmers: May cause: -too much pooping -tingling feeling in your big toes -ichyness -swelling in the nose -blisters -lip disease very serious
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How many movie stars and singers have ADD or ADHD?

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Nobody can have ADHD because it is a fake condition that was only Made-up! Dreamed! The drug company had developed a new drug, yet did not find anything it could be useful with! So they dreamed up this Fake condition; to get lots of $$$$$ from!ADD is possible. Slim for a movie star; for it effects the memory.
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Ayurveda and ADD and ADHD treatment?

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View The Ayurvedic view of ADD and ADHD is that it is a Vata dosha imbalance in the nervous system. Vata is like wind, and is the principle of movement. It is mobile just like the symptoms of ADD and ADHD. It is also cold, dry, and rough, so the Ayurvedic treatment for this condition is to encourage a diet and lifestyle that is opposite in quality to Vata. Treatment To balance Vata, there are several important things to do. One is to avoid cold, raw, and drying foods and to focus on warm, oily, and grounding foods like whole grains and root vegetables. External application of warm oil also helps to calm the nervous system. Internal application of sesame oil or ghee into the nostrils is an excellent way to calm Vata and balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Certain herbs help to calm the mind and also sharpen the intellect. Brahmi (gotu kola) is traditionally used to bring clarity of mind. Ashwagandha is the primary herb to balance Vata. It is important to get a correct diagnosis of the health of the digestive tract so that any toxins that may be present can be cleansed. In Ayurveda the root cause of all disease is improper digestion, and with ADD and ADHD there is likely to be some accumulation of toxins in the GI tract. For proper assimilation of nutrients, the GI tract should be detoxified and rejuvenated for best healing results.
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Definition of emotive language?

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language that expresses emotions. emotive- of or relating to emotions. the appealing to or expression of emotions.
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What causes ADHD?

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ADHD is a fake condition! Nothing can "cause" it! Decades ago the drug companies had come up with a new drug and could Not find any use for it! So they dreamed up this/their fake condition and since have paid the medical professionals to falsely label people with it!If you have doubts here, Pray to GOD about this!
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Is there an online test for ADHD?

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Nothing that could be Honest!Because ADHD is a fake condition that want dreamed up by a drug company! They had made-up a new drug. Yet could not find any honest use for it! So they made-up this fake ADHD for the drug!If one is really Hyperactive; all it takes to get rid of it is to make up their Mind to NOT do it, Not be Hyperactive anymore! (Just as I did as a kid!)All it takes to get rid of the ADD is to have someone tutor the person! The learning then goes to the other side of the Brain! Just keep a person to help.Most people are Not even tested these days. Someone just announces that ____ has it and then they are falsely labeled with it!Pray to GOD for help here!
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What are the demographics of ADHD?

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ADHD is a common childhood disorder. It is estimated to affect 3-7% of all children in the United States, representing up to two million children.
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How do you know if you have ADD?

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ADD is not a disease. Your body does not produce antibodies or tumors because of it. ADD is simply a method of wiring your brain. As an analogy, it is more like an electronic circuit that uses Alternating Current, instead of Direct Current. You still have all the components that everyone else has. You can learn the same stuff, but you may have to use slightly different methods, to acquire the information. You can take a couple of online tests at: http://www.AmenClinic.com You can read more about it at: http://www.ChADD.org Your family physican may try treatments to clear depression, and/or something to extend the amount of time that you can focus on boring subjects. You can check http://www.amazon.com for books about ADHD. They tend toward methods for organization, and coping with the thought methods, and ways of learning. There are several symptoms for ADD. Few people exhibit all of them. Some of them change, over time. Hyperactivity in a child may transform to excessive talkativeness, in an adult. ADD one question, have you ever been doing something and not been able to account for 15 minutes of time? a serious daydream no matter how hard you try. if you take a 15 minute trip into your own mind then you may have it. if you think it is serious, consult your doctor More input from FAQ Farmers: History of ADD symptoms in childhood, such as distractibility, short attention span, impulsivity or restlessness. I don't work with problems very well at all. I don't talk out my problems when I have them. I have mood swings alot. I don't like being around people. I never liked getting a job.
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Can atomoxetine help people with Asperger's Syndrome?

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Strattera, also known as atomoxetine, is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor used for treating attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). It is one medication that can be given to people with ADHD (who might also have Asperger's Syndrome). It can help them stay focused and decrease impulsiveness, which means it might also help with anger management issues. However, possible side effects include suicidal thoughts, loss of appetite, aggression, and others. It is thought that it might be useful in treating some symptoms found in people with autism spectrum disorders. Thus, it might help some people with Asperger's Syndrome who have uncontrolled emotional outbursts or other impulsive behaviors.

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