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Japher
06-04-2006, 12:41:43
ADHD

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by Rich Maloof for MSN Health & Fitness


Affecting children and adults alike, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) has become familiar enough that we use it as slang for kids with high energy or anyone who taps a pencil on a desk. But what do we really know?


If you’re waiting for your child to outgrow ADHD … don’t.

Approximately 60 percent of children with the condition will carry it into adulthood. Early evaluation and treatment, when appropriate, can pre-empt years of more serious problems. As the ADHD child gets older, his symptoms—and his means of coping with those symptoms—can intensify. A 10-year study currently under way has already found that young adults are at high risk for “markedly elevated rates of antisocial, addictive, mood and anxiety disorders.”


Overtreatment and misdiagnosis are still problem areas.

Some bioethicists believe that pharmaceutical companies are pushing their drugs, leading to medical treatment in patients who don’t need it. At the same time, a true case of ADHD is a neurobiological condition—a medical problem, not just a psychological one—and does warrant the use of prescribed medicine.

A major part of the problem is that most primary-care physicians are simply not trained yet in diagnosing ADHD. The disorder was not formally recognized as a disability until 1998, and doctors are still catching up to the ongoing research and the efficacy of treatments.

Seek physicians with experience in ADHD diagnosis, and educate yourself.


ADHD is most effectively treated with a combination of medication and therapy.

Prescribed medicines are effective for approximately 50 percent of the patients who need them. But even in the patients who do respond, only about half of their symptoms are relieved. The drugs won’t necessarily treat problems with organizational skills, coping socially and the overwhelming emotions associated with underachievement and failure. Cognitive psychotherapy can reach where medication does not.


It is still undetermined whether ADHD can be beat.

We don’t know yet whether adult patients can be free of the condition after stopping medication and therapy. (Children may have not carried the condition into adulthood.) While on a treatment program, people do learn to relieve impairments and decrease distress. But it is unknown whether patients can maintain long-term control over symptoms on their own when the course of meds is ended.


Half of all people with ADHD have other disorders as well.

Depression and anxiety are the most common conditions that “co-travel” with ADHD. These co-travelers present a major problem because they mask ADHD; physicians will often recognize and treat the mood disorder, which they’re familiar with, but miss the ADHD completely.

As in children, adults with ADHD are also more likely to have asthma. Other co-travelers include smoking, drug or alcohol abuse, and obesity—all of which signal ways in which people try to cope or self-medicate.






LINK (http://health.msn.com/centers/adhd/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100124847&GT1=7977)


Summary?

mr_G
06-04-2006, 12:42:31
jes

Debaser
06-04-2006, 13:08:16
Q: How many kids with ADHD does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: LETS RIDE BIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Venom
06-04-2006, 13:10:36
I thought the Maloof family owned casinos.

Japher
06-04-2006, 13:11:56
and the Sacramento Kings!

Venom
06-04-2006, 13:14:53
Who beat the crap out of my San Antonio Spurs last night.

Japher
06-04-2006, 13:20:52
I thought the Kings sucked this year

Venom
06-04-2006, 13:23:57
What are we talking about again?

King_Ghidra
06-04-2006, 13:31:00
Originally posted by Debaser
Q: How many kids with ADHD does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: LETS RIDE BIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:lol:

Damn i wish i was out there riding a bike it looks like a nice day :(

HelloKitty
06-04-2006, 15:42:45
5 facts of ADHD

1- the disorder is overdiagnosed
2- Drugs are over prescribed
3- Did anyone see ER last night?
4- I hope arrested development gets picked up by another channel.

My cat's breath smells like ass.

I want to go home and play Oblivion.

Darkstar
06-04-2006, 15:46:04
Oblivion causes ADHD?

Kitsuki
06-04-2006, 15:54:11
Originally posted by Debaser
Q: How many kids with ADHD does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: LETS RIDE BIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:lol:

Vincent
06-04-2006, 16:09:52
What's wrong with AD&D?

Funko
06-04-2006, 16:17:15
THAC0 YOU!

Venom
06-04-2006, 16:41:52
Originally posted by HelloKitty
5 facts of ADHD

1- the disorder is overdiagnosed
2- Drugs are over prescribed
3- Did anyone see ER last night?
4- I hope arrested development gets picked up by another channel.

My cat's breath smells like ass.

I want to go home and play Oblivion.

1- True
2- True
3- No one watchess ER anymore
4- Won't happen. The creator quit on the show.

Japher
06-04-2006, 16:44:58
well, 2 wouldn't be true if 1 wasn't
so really that's just 1... synergy!

Venom
06-04-2006, 17:01:45
They could just be beating the kids about the head and neck instead of prescribing drugs.

MDA
06-04-2006, 17:04:09
Yeah, mostly its used as an excuse for bad behavior by people that don't want to be held responsible for their actions.

wish I'd thought of it :D

King_Ghidra
06-04-2006, 17:21:07
Originally posted by Funko
THAC0 YOU!

this geek joke was allowed to slide and i think it needs greater exposure

Venom
06-04-2006, 17:48:28
We're trying to ignore it, thankyouverymuch.

Japher
06-04-2006, 18:25:09
do they still have Thac0 in 3rd Ed.?

alsieboo
06-04-2006, 18:35:02
I'm blissfully ignorent. And I don't get the joke either :p

Vincent
06-04-2006, 21:16:52
Originally posted by Japher
do they still have Thac0 in 3rd Ed.? No, they have Tmac0 now

Venom
06-04-2006, 21:21:35
I can't believe I can't find a picture of the tomaco plant from that Simpsons episode.

KrazyHorse
06-04-2006, 22:17:30
tomacco, you fat fuck.

2 "c"s

Venom
06-04-2006, 23:39:09
I searched for that too.

Greg W
07-04-2006, 01:01:41
Originally posted by Japher
do they still have Thac0 in 3rd Ed.? <nerd>No</nerd>

BigGameHunter
07-04-2006, 06:29:36
I've got the attention span of a squirrel.

Funko
07-04-2006, 08:11:07
Originally posted by Japher
do they still have Thac0 in 3rd Ed.?

No idea.

mr_G
07-04-2006, 09:09:40
no ikea either

MDA
07-04-2006, 10:54:38
why do I feel the tomacco thing was some sort of setup?

Venom
07-04-2006, 14:57:04
Obviously I didn't try very hard.

Darkstar
07-04-2006, 17:33:59
You didn't try at all, did you?

Venom
07-04-2006, 20:26:48
I did. A little bit.

Darkstar
07-04-2006, 20:41:21
That means you thought about it for half a second and then just decided against it because actually using Google meant doing something and that is counter to your natural laziness?