Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a mental and behavioral disorder characterized by behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, inattention, concentration difficulty, and other mental symptoms. The related description Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be a more modern description of the disease.
Misdiagnosis of ADD is a well-known controversy in the sense that cases
of hyperactivity in children may be over-diagnosed.
There is a tendency for parents to seek and doctors to prescribe the drug
Ritalin even in cases where the diagnosis of ADD or ADHD may be incorrect.
Alternative diagnoses include normal child behavior (i.e. just an active child), food intolerances, or other behavioral disorders (see misdiagnosis of ADD).
On the other hand, ADD is under-diagnosed in adults, with a large number
of adults having ADD without knowing it; see misdiagnosis of Adult ADD. ...more »
All people are different, and their behaviors, emotions, and beliefs are diverse.
ADD is inherently difficult to diagnose.
There are problems for diagnosis of ADHD in children and adolescents
according to their hyperactive or inattentive behaviors.
However, it is hard to judge when behavior is a "hyperactive" child versus
suffering from clinical hyperactivity and actual ADD/ADHD. ...more misdiagnosis »
Symptoms of ADD
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Treatments for ADD
- General lifestyle changes
- Stress reduction techniques
- Diet changes - aimed at treating possible underlying food allergy causes, although this is considered of dubious value by some health professionals.
- Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
- more treatments...»
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treatments for ADD
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Types of ADD
- Predominantly inattentive ADHD subtype
- Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD subtype
- Combined inattentive-hyperactive ADHD subtype
- more types...»
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Diagnostic Tests for ADD
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Causes of ADD
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Misdiagnosis and ADD
Rare epilepsy misdiagnosed as ADHD: The less common disorder of temporal lobe epilepsy
is a type of epilepsy without physical seizures.
Some patients suffer from hyperactivity and similar symptoms,
making a misdiagnosis of ...read more »
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness
because he suffered from sudden inability to speak.
This was initially misdiagnosed as a "nervous...read more »
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions,
such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease,
it...read more »
ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD
in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults.
Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the...read more »
Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder)
often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians.
Many...read more »
Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with
an eating disorder is female.
The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be...read more »
Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be
undiagnosed in teenagers.
The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical...read more »
Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression)
may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders).
Failure to diagnose these anxiety...read more »
Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency
is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis)...read more »
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Prognosis for ADD
Prognosis for ADD:
Not fatal and non-degenerative. Lifelong effects but improvement with correct diagnosis and treatment.
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