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August 22, 2011 at 10:39 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Dissecting ADD/ADHD

By Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD More Blogs by This Author

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain explains the differences between ADD and ADHD as well as how they appear to the layman.
Hey what's up? So you're more interested in learning about ADHD you're in the right place, in this HelloLife moment we are going to be talking to Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain, a family medicine specialist.  So you've seen a lot of kids these days in the practice that the parents suspect maybe they've got ADHD?
We see al lot of kids with ADHD or issues that they may have ADHD.  It's one of the most common things that parents bring their kids in for.
Okay, define it.  What does ADHD even stand for?
So we got ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, they used to call it ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder
And you can break that up, you've got the AD: Attention deficit, and the HD: Hyperactivity Disorder.  Some people are just one, they have attention deficit, some people have hyperactivity, and some people have a combination of the two.
Wow, so, in the young as they are sitting in front of people what would lead somebody to suspect like what would a teacher or a parent be looking for to say "hmm i think there might be a problem here."
All kids have some issues with attention.
So really we're comparing the kids to other peers, other kids the same age of them.  Children with ADHD will have more problems with attention, they'll be shifting their focus from one thing to the other.
They'll stand out from the usual lack of attention that any young child might exhibit.
They might have a trouble, you tell them something, their looking at you but not realizing what you're saying.
They might have attention problems when they start doing something but then shift from one activity to another activity
Then also you have the hyperactivity symptoms where they don't stop moving, they're getting up and getting out of their seats, falling out of their seats and umm causing general disruptions with their activities.
Well it's interesting because they say that girls are less active than boys or at least in a sedentary setting.  Where they are learning they have to teach boys differently like have them move around a little more because innately they are more active?
That's true, a lot more boys get diagnosed with ADHD than girls do.  A lot of times the girls that I see have a lot more the inattention type symptoms so a lot of times they get missed because they aren't disrupting other people, not causing problems in class, so people aren't paying attention they're looking at the boy who's disrupting everyone else saying this boy needs help, but then missing the girl who is having trouble paying attention.
What age would be the earliest onset of ADHD?
It's hard to say, sometimes you can start to notice issues around three or four, but usually we don't start really formally diagnosing it until they're more at school age because a lot of development happens in those years.
So kids can change a lot in those first several years of life.
Alrighty, so we've defined it, talked about some of the symptoms, and now if you'd like more information you're in the right place certainly. because we're all about matching your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.   So dig deep into the videos because we are going to be talking not endlessly, but deeply about this disorder which really seems to be more  than I ever remember it when I was a younger kid. 
Yeah.  Okay so check back.

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