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Hyperactivity is a behavior in which a person is excessively or constantly active. Hyperactivity can be a symptom of a variety of conditions, including excessive caffeine intake, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHA), stimulant drug use and hyperthyroidism.
A frequent cause of hyperactivity is ADHD, a common neurobehavioral developmental disorder. ADHD is sometimes referred to as hyperactivity or hyper. Other symptoms that occur with ADHD include problems with inattention and impulsivity. These behaviors coupled with hyperactivity can result in further symptoms and complications, such as difficulties with school and work and in relationships.
Hyperactivity caused by hyperthyroidism is caused by a variety of thyroid disorders that overstimulate the thyroid gland and increase production of thyroid hormone. Increased production of thyroid hormone results in a stimulation or quickening of the body's metabolism. This results in additional symptoms, such as nervousness, anxiety and hypertension. Untreated hyperthyroidism can lead to serious, potentially life-threatening complications.
Stimulant drug use can also cause hyperactivity. Stimulant drugs include certain diet pills, and foods, beverages and supplements that contain caffeine. Overuse of stimulants can also result in hyperactivity and other symptoms, such as insomnia, diarrhea and nervousness. Complications are also possible. In some sensitive people, even moderate use of stimulants can result in hyperactivity and other symptoms and complications. For more information about complications and symptoms of hyperactivity, refer to symptoms of hyperactivity.
Making a diagnosis of hyperactivity and its underlying cause begins with taking a thorough medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination.
A variety of tests may be done to help determine the underlying cause of hyperactivity. Blood tests include tests that determine levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Low levels of TSH and high levels of thyroxine indicate hyperthyroidism. If hyperthyroidism is present, other tests are done to determine the underlying cause, such as Graves' disease or thyroid nodules.
Other tests may be performed to check for potential complications of hyperthyroidism, such as heart disease. These can include blood tests that can reveal hypercholesterolemia, increased liver enzymes, or anemia. A chest X-ray may be done to evaluate the size of the heart.
There is no single test that is used to diagnose ADHD, and a diagnosis of the disorder is based partly on symptoms. Only a full evaluation by a licensed health care professional can truly diagnose or rule out ADHD. It is generally accepted that person must exhibit symptoms to an extent greater than the average person of the same age for six months or more.
It is also important that a person who is exhibiting symptoms of ADHD be evaluated for other medical conditions in addition to hyperthyroidism that might be affecting behavior. These include petit mal seizures, diabetes, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, and conditions that can affect hearing or vision, such as ear infections or a need for glasses.
Because hyperactivity is a general behavior as well as a symptom of a variety of diseases or disorders, a missed or delayed diagnosis is possible. For more information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of hyperactivity.
A diagnosis hyperactivity caused by ADHD may missed because coexisting symptoms can mimic symptoms of many other disorders and diseases, such as anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, petit mal seizures, learning disabilities, diabetes, and conditions that can affect hearing or vision.
The following medical conditions are some of the possible
causes of Hyperactivity.
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Treatment plans for hyperactivity are individualized based on the underlying disease or disorder, the patient's age, medical condition and other factors.
When hyperactivity is caused by stimulant drug use, reduction and/or discontinuation of the stimulant is generally prescribed. With some stimulant medications or excessive caffeine use, a gradual tapering off of use may be needed to ...Hyperactivity Treatments
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hyperactivity. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
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This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Hyperactivity. Of the 273 causes of Hyperactivity that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:
The following list of conditions have 'Hyperactivity' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have Hyperactivity or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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Subtypes of Hyperactivity:
Acute hyperactivity in adults (7 causes), Acute hyperactivity in the workplace (5 causes), Chronic hyperactivity in adults (8 causes), Chronic hyperactivity in the workplace (5 causes), Episodic hyperactivity (10 causes), Adhd (4 causes), Hyperactive behavior in adults (17 causes), Hyperactive behavior in children (12 causes), Hyperactive behavior in teens (14 causes), Hyperactive behavior in toddlers (8 causes), Hyperactivity in children (19 causes), Hyperactivity in the workplace (8 causes), Intermittent hyperactivity in adults (6 causes), Intermittent hyperactivity in the workplace (4 causes), Intermittent Psychomotor hyperactivity (8 causes), Mild hyperactivity in adults (3 causes), Mild hyperactivity in the workplace (6 causes), Recurring hyperactivity (6 causes), Recurring hyperactivity in adults (5 causes), Recurring hyperactivity in the workplace (5 causes), Severe hyperactivity (10 causes), Severe hyperactivity in adults (11 causes), Severe hyperactivity in the workplace (8 causes), Unusual overactivity in children (13 causes), ADHD-like symptoms (11 causes), Mild episodic adhd-like symptoms (3 causes), Recurring adhd-like symptoms in adults (5 causes), Recurring adhd-like symptoms (7 causes), Severe adhd-like symptoms in adults (11 causes), Acute adhd-like symptoms in adults (6 causes), Severe adhd-like symptoms (11 causes), Chronic adhd-like symptoms in adults (7 causes), Acute adhd-like symptoms (7 causes), Chronic adhd-like symptoms (9 causes), Recurring adhd-like symptoms in children (1 cause), Recurring episodic adhd-like symptoms (6 causes), Severe adhd-like symptoms in children (2 causes), Acute adhd-like symptoms in children (1 cause), Intermittent adhd-like symptoms in adults (5 causes), Severe episodic adhd-like symptoms (11 causes), Chronic adhd-like symptoms in children (1 cause), ADHD-like symptoms in adults (11 causes), Acute episodic adhd-like symptoms (4 causes), Intermittent adhd-like symptoms (8 causes), Mild adhd-like symptoms in adults (5 causes), Chronic episodic adhd-like symptoms (8 causes), Mild adhd-like symptoms (5 causes), Intermittent adhd-like symptoms in children (2 causes), ADHD-like symptoms in children (2 causes), Intermittent episodic adhd-like symptoms (5 causes), Mild adhd-like symptoms in children (1 cause), Episodic adhd-like symptoms (11 causes)
Medical Conditions associated with Hyperactivity:
Society problems (1785 causes), Behavioral symptoms (4608 causes), Personality symptoms (4029 causes), Movement symptoms (6001 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Psychiatric symptom (971 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)
Symptoms related to Hyperactivity:
Irritability (783 causes), Restlessness (380 causes), Aggression (192 causes), Normal child, Normal teenager, Boredom, Gifted child, Psychological conflicts, Problematic family home life, Puberty, Attention deficit disorder, ADHD (4 causes), Hearing problems (1100 causes), Vision problems (2526 causes)
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