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Inattention: Introduction

Inattention: Lack of attention or reduced attention span. See detailed information below for a list of 45 causes of Inattention, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Inattention

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Causes of Types of Inattention:

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Inattention: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Inattention, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Inattention Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Inattention may include:

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Stories from Users for Inattention

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Message Boards for Inattention

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Diagnostic tests for Inattention:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Inattention. Some of these are listed below :

  • Neurodevelopment assessment - is an important part of the evaluation of children who are thought to be "hyperactive" and inattentive in order to exclude developmental weaknesses.
  • Mental state examination (to help detect bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and personality disorders) - including appearance, behavior, rate and continuity of speech, mood, affect, thought content, evidence of any hallucinations or abnormal beliefs, orientation to time, place and person, attention and concentration, short-term memory, insight and judgement.
  • Spinal tap - may be required to diagnose Multiple sclerosis.
  • Electrophysiological tests such as visual-evoked response (VER) - may be required to diagnose Multiple sclerosis.
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Inattention: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Inattention may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Inattention

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Inattention. 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.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Inattention: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Inattention

Parental fears about toddler behavior often unfounded: There are many behaviors in infants and toddlers that may give rise to a fear that the child has some form of mental health condition. In particular, there is a loss of fear of autism or ADHD more »

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 more »

Various conditions misdiagnosed as ADHD: The hyperactivity type symptoms that are often diagnosed as ADHD, can also be caused by a number of physical conditions, as reported in the book A Dose of Sanity. Some possibilities 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 breakdown" and 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, 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 condition has usually been overlooked throughout childhood. 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 patients with bipolar seek help more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed more »

Inattention: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Inattention

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Inattention: Related Rare Diseases

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Inattention: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Definitions of Inattention:

Organs affected by Inattention:

The list of organs typically affected by Inattention may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Inattention

The list below shows some of the causes of Inattention mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Inattention?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Inattention. Of the 45 causes of Inattention that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 2 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 40 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Inattention:

The following list of conditions have 'Inattention' 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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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Inattention?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Inattention, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

Classifications of Inattention:

Medical Conditions associated with Inattention:

Personality symptoms (4029 causes), Inattention symptoms (54 causes), Behavioral symptoms (4608 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Cognitive impairment (3664 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

Symptoms related to Inattention:

Concentration difficulty (365 causes), Hyperactivity (273 causes), Depression (629 causes), Mania (102 causes), Bipolar disorder, Chronic pain, Cancer, Personality disorder (2 causes), Schizophrenia, Pseudodementia, Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder (2 causes)

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Medical News summaries about Inattention

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