Are Attention Deficit Disorder and Bipolar Disorder considered preexisting medical conditions?
Yes, but on a group plan they may still be covered.
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OK. You should go back to the beginning of this ADD forum and read all the questions relating to wellbutrin. They sum up a lot of basics in many easy to read packages. ALL of these topics clearly state that you should NEVER combine Wellbutrin, which affects dopamine and can be over stimulating, or a…ny serotonin re-uptake inhibitor with a Bipolar disorder (unless your doctor KNOWS you have Bipolar and CAREFULLY monitors every single mg you put in your hole) because of the various life threatening affects: suicide, homicide, violent acts of uncontrolled MANIA, and you can guess the rest. The thing is... It could turn your already screwed-up brain chemistry into a bunch of unbalanced equations (crude analogy) -- AND we all know what happens to unstable equations/solutions in the lab! THEY EXPLODE (more or less)!!! Although I am going a little extreme here, BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. Please go to a doctor and engage him/her in a detailed description of your TRUE/Noticeable symptoms (be sure to bring the printed information you found on the internet regarding what you think is wrong with you) BEFORE trying to self diagnose or *God forbid!!* SELF MEDICATE!!! you could be putting your friends/family/school/neighborhood at risk as well as yourself. Lithium, Abilify, etc. treat Bipolarbecause they are MOOD STABILIZERS. Notice the key word: "STABILIZE" I have heard of mood stabilizers being supplemented with ADHD medication Strattera, only because it happened to me. I am assuming that my Dr. figured Adrenaline really wouldn't mess with mood swings. he was right. it didn't do anything at all! haha. go figure. turns out I don't really have Bipolar after all -- that's probably why he subtracted the strattera and added two SSRI's to the mind cocktail: Abilify, Lexapro, AND Trazadone (which is actually an antidepressant disguised as a sleeping pill). I guess he thought the ADD was the mania part and the depression was the other end of the Bipolar spiral. he never said anything to me- I'm just assuming. But if that's the case, why didn't he prescribe another ADHD med? MAYBE he thought I was schizo and THAT'S why he prescribed the abilify (seriously). He was a pill pusher from the go-go. Asked me ten question's then handed me a prescription a mile long (most doctors aren't like this). didn't do a thing but take my extremely fun and vivid dreams away. They weren't hurting anyone. ANYWAY - turns out I am ADHD with MILD depression resulting from the ADHD. I am two and a half weeks into Wellbutrin XL (1st week 150mg, the rest 300mg) CONS -- I have side effects of insomnia, and I had a couple sudden extreme cases of irritability that lasted for about 45 minutes-- but I am usually irritable around 1/4 of a day anyway, just not that severe. That's probably not going to last (body getting adjusted), but you never know. I don't know if the insomnia is here to stay- I need four more weeks to tell. No change in sex drive yet (usually Wellbutrin either makes you hornier or there is little to no affect). PROS -- ENERGY!!! I am not in the bed for 12 hours or more (sleeping ;} of course). I feel like dancing! Not so much the social part-need to work on the withdrawn issue-but the activity, definately. I already unloaded my mom's packed van up a flight of stairs into her new APT. AND I actually did a chore!!! I dried the clothes!! all in one night. I am actually acting on my responsibilty and obligation guilts instead of just feeling them tear me into little fatigued peices of frustrated disorganization. concentration HAS IMPROVED. I never thought I would say that about a non-stimulant. As it turns out- I feel pretty stimulated. I think it was the dopamine all along. I tried the SNRI. I tried the SRI. I even tried Strattera! and now!!! it was the DNRI all along (not official names but you know what the letters stand for). Go figure. stimulants still work for me by the way- but if Wellbutrin really works out in the long run (2-3 months is all I'm able to give for trial and error. If it doesn't work by then I'm back on the speed or I'm on the street.) I won't have to be a tweaker anymore!!! (JOKE!!) I can never overdose on that crap either. not that I've tried, I forgot I had taken a dose so i went ahead and took another one and it made me fall asleep. Happened again, this time just four hours after I got up! took too much and I crawled back in the bed again for a five hour nap. Feel free to share your oppinions on this delicate matter and PLEASE -- I am 19 years old, I am scatter-brained, and I collect weird bits of info from (sometimes) misinformed individuals -- CORRECT ME if I am wrong!!! (MORE)
Test for ADD . There is no single specific test. Diagnosis is made on the basis of history, current symptoms and clinical observations. There are a number of diagnostic tools, ranging from questionnaires or interviews about frequency of symptoms, behavioral checklists filled out by the person …or a caregiver (parent or teacher), and some neuropsychological tests such as the Continuous Performance Test. Contact the organization CHAD for more details. (MORE)
Answer . If you were diagnosed with bipolar then you should be getting your medication from either your Psychiatrist or family doctor. If you have not been diagnosed with bipolar then you must see your family doctor who will send you to a Psychiatrist and he/she will determine what is wrong with …you and give you the correct medications. (MORE)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit /Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) are terms used to describe a condition affecting both children and adults. ADD is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder in which an individual has difficulty concentrating on tasks, is easily distracted, or is hype…ractive.. The child with ADD:. has difficulty finishing any activity that requires concentration at home, school or play; shifts from one activity to another. . doesn't seem to listen to anything said to him or her. . acts before thinking, is excessively active and runs or climbs nearly all the time; often is very restless even during sleep. . requires close and constant supervision, frequently calls out in class, and has serious difficulty waiting his of her turn in games or groups. . (see related link) I assume that we are talking about ADD ( Attention Deficit Disorder ).The main features of attention deficit disorder are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The causes remain unknown, but ADD can be diagnosed and effectively treated. . (MORE)
ADHD was first described by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman in 1845. A physician who wrote books on medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Hoffman was also a poet who became interested in writing for children when he couldn't find suitable materials to read to his 3-year-old son. The result was a book of poems, complete… with illustrations, about children and their characteristics. "The Story of Fidgety Philip" was an accurate description of a little boy who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet it was not until 1902 that Sir George F. Still published a series of lectures to the Royal College of Physicians in England in which he described a group of impulsive children with significant behavioral problems, caused by a genetic dysfunction and not by poor child rearing-children who today would be easily recognized as having ADHD. 1 Since then, several thousand scientific papers on the disorder have been published, providing information on its nature, course, causes, impairments, and treatments.. The previous history was not easy to find albeit found in the National Library of Medicine. However, this history is not detailed regarding what I believe to be the truth about ADD (AD/HD is the hyperactivity included but not the same). Having suffered from it myself when young, but never diagnosed, my problem happened not from birth but later after my first two years in grade school. I lost interest in academics and sports became my mÃ©tier then. I did not develop a love for academics until I was 21, some fourteen years after realizing I had ADD. But my mind was racing not my physical body. Hence, I started doing transcendental meditation at 18 that helped some but increased one's natural nervousness neurosis. Not until I found Paul Twitchell (The Eckankar founder) did my ADD problem completely become controlled. I say controlled because ADD only is a problem if the attention dynamic cannot be switched from unhinging the academic focus to a more illogical, "spaced-out" state. In other words, poets and musicians need the latter in order to dementalize. In other words, metallization is not the sole mode of existence and if it were we never get anything done nor have great art. Not to say that illogic contributes to fine art, but feeling and spirituality must have the dynamic state in one's balanced behaviour. Humour is mostly illogical and where would we be without it? Hence, ADD only is a problem if the person cannot control their attention. One needs a meditation-like practice for solving the problem. Only the teaching of AKATHA can provide the solution www.akatha.com. Introspection is good provided one closes the eyes, at least for thirty minutes per day, but without certain sound mantras, the solution is not perfected. Thus, ADD is a problem not only as of nutritional imbalances, but society becomes so noisy and aberrated along with academic lack of detail that the individual shifts his attention from it. Give some truth and detail and see how quickly the kid's attention increases. A friend, years ago, had a child that supposedly had ADD. I started speaking in Sanskrit (sounds like child's gibberish) to him and he raced towards me knowing that someone was doing something different and interesting. He was very small for his age and I suggested that once he got taller, the little bundle of energy would balance-out and sure enough he did. Thus, give the children something interesting like detailed truth and stop the nonsense propaganda like CNN-like stuff, network nonsense TV, and advertisement. Coupled with proper introspection, the world could be an ideal place in which live. (MORE)
They are related only in the sense that either can inhibit social interactions.. Narcissism is defined as "vanity" or "egotism", which is considered a character flaw. ADD or ADHD is a neurological disorder that causes inattention, lack of concentration, and/or hyperactivity, especially in children.… (MORE)
Degenerative disc disorder is a pre-exisiting condition that most insurance companies would likely place a "rider" on. The rider basically says that the insurance company will not pay any claims related to the degenerative disc. Some companies may still cover any medication prescribed for the proble…m. (MORE)
The term Adult Attention Deficit Disorder most often refers to the fact that you were not diagnosed until you were an adult. ADHD is a lifelong condition. Symptoms affect everyone a little differently and everyone has different levels of management. If you were not diagnosed until adulthood, it m…ay mean that you handled your symptoms effectively when you were younger but once you began a more complicated life as an adult, they became unmanageable. It may also mean that your symptoms as a child were not recognized as possibly being ADHD. Now that you know you have ADHD, you can work to learn how to manage it and as you do so, it will become less of a concern for you. (MORE)
There are many accepted alternative treatments for Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) including: . changes in diet . increased exercise . changes in environment . one-on-one educational tutoring . participating in activities that promote confide…nce . finding and treating physical health problems (MORE)
Well i dont know the exact answer, But i have a basic learning problem and i found out i have ADD, and my mom said it deals with Short attention Comrihension and I did have a hard time in school. I Found a Site That has the Symptoms. Source: http://helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_symptoms.…htm . "zoning out" without realizing it, even in the middle of a conversation. . extreme distractibility; wandering attention makes it hard to stay on track. . difficulty paying attention or focusing, such as when reading or listening to others. . struggling to complete tasks, even ones that seem simple. . tendency to overlook details, leading to errors or incomplete work. . poor listening skills; hard time remembering conversations and following directions. . poor organizational skills (home, office, desk, or car is extremely messy and cluttered) . tendency to procrastinate . trouble starting and finishing projects . chronic lateness . frequently forgetting appointments, commitments, and deadlines . constantly losing or misplacing things (keys, wallet, phone, documents, bills) . underestimating the time it will take you to complete tasks . frequently interrupt others or talk over them . have poor self-control . blurt out thoughts that are rude or inappropriate without thinking . have addictive tendencies . act recklessly or spontaneously without regard for consequences . have trouble behaving in socially appropriate ways (such as sitting still during a long meeting) . sense of underachievement . doesn't deal well with frustration . easily flustered and stressed out . irritability or mood swings . (MORE)
Once you are diagnosed with adult Attention Deficit Disorder, your doctor may offer you a stimulant medication to help focus and control your symptoms. Medication has been shown to be an effective way to treat ADHD and it's symptoms and your doctor will work with you to find the right one. In addi…tion, you may consider things like working with a therapist, a social worker or coach to help you learn to manage your symptoms more effectively. In a more holistic approach, eating a healthy diet high in lean protein, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and staying well hydrated are all things that can also help minimize your symptoms. (MORE)
If you have Attention Deficit Disorder and your husband has Attention Deficit Disorder will all of your children have Attention Deficit Disorder or other mental disabilities?
I believe there would be a high possibility. To give you an example: My younger brother has: Autism, ADHD Tourette's Syndrome and Epilepsy. During the time he was being assessed for Tourette's Syndrome, it was found that my father had a mild case of it. In the last few months, I've been dia…gnosed with ADHD. I figured that what I was "feeling" was related to it and the likelihood that it could be ADHD because of my brother's pre-existing condition. Check with a health professional, perhaps even a geneticist like my family did. It was more for the autism, but gave us a good idea for all of the disorders and the potential for if/when I decide to have my own children. (MORE)
Oslo, Norway: Cannabis use is associated with "improved neurocognition" in subjects diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to clinical trial data published online by the journal Psychological Medicine . Investigators at Norway's University of Oslo, Institute of Psychiatry investigated the asso…ciation between cannabis use and neurocognition in 133 patients with bipolar disorder. Researchers reported that subjects who used cannabis performed better than non-users on a series of neurocognitive tests. Authors determined that marijuana use was associated with "statistically significant" improvement in attention, executive function, verbal fluency, logistical memory-learning, and logical memory-recall. Researchers reported that contrasting results were associated with the use of marijuana among subjects diagnosed with schizophrenia. Investigators concluded, "The findings suggest that cannabis use may be related to improved neurocognition in bipolar disorder and compromised neurocognition in schizophrenia." The findings conflict with those of a 2007 study published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biology Psychiatry that reported that cannabis use was not associated with a decline in cognitive function in schizophrenic patients, and might even improve it. (MORE)
Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of high fat fish or fish oil capsules, with a daily intake of several grams (2-5) is quite effective from a personal standpoint. It takes several weeks to feel the full benefits, but they are noticeable after a week or two if taken everyday. This was discovered after …trying many other things and much personal research. (MORE)
Lithium which is a mood stabilizer. Hi. I am personally living with one of the most advanced stages of Bipolar Disorder. I have been on the same two medications for it my whole life. They are Lamictal, which is a mood stabilizer and Risperidal, which is another mood stabilizer to be taken at night.… I would recommend these two medications to anyone with Bipolar Disorder. (MORE)
Some say it goes all the back to Ancient greece. Certainly any analysis of Ben Franklin would have screamed he's not right, lol
Medication for bipolar disorder is difficult because it's like treating two different mental illnesses. Most people take mood stabilizers like Lithium to make to highs and lows not as extreme.
Absolutely! One has nothing to do with the other. Your ability to pay attention, or become distracted, has no bearing on how smart you are. Many ADHD children are in Talented and Gifted programs. Many are very artistically enhanced as well.
ADD? Or ADHD? With ADD it is (short version) predominatly a severe inability to pay attention, to accomplish simple task, finish things started, to the point it affects your life every single day for a length of time, ADHD is that because you're hyper and can't sit still, figit all the time, are alw…ays doing something, but don't get anything done! (MORE)
Bipolar disorder is a seriously debilitating conditon that can be life-threatening. You will find all sorts of information on the Web about people who claim to be able to control their symptoms (or other people's) non-medically. While much of this information is well-intentioned -- and some of it is… designed to separate you from your money -- it is not necessarily applicable to individuals. Each person has different brain chemistry. When it allows us to function without help, that's great. But sometimes the balance is a bit off, and we need medication to bring things back into line. The answer to your question, therefore is "yes," it can be treated without medication, but there is only a small chance that such treatment will be as effective as it would be if supported by medication. Given the dangerous aspects of bipolar disorder, we cannot recommend it. (MORE)
People are born with ADHD, there are two major causes of ADHD. Thefirst on is genes, you can't change genes, if ADHD is in your genesyou can't prevent it. Just because ADHD is in your genes doesn'tmean that theres a 100% chance of passing it on to your child. Thesecond is environmental factors such …as smoking and drinkingalcohol during pregnancy. Children exposed to lead or toxins at anearly age have a higher risk of ADHD. The best thing you can do toprevent ADHD is not smoke or drink alcohol during pregnancy. ADHD is not a bad thing. People with ADHD are not stupid, there aremany famous people with ADHD such as Michael Jordan and JustinTimberlake. http://www.addadult.com/add-education-center/famous-people-with-adhd/ (MORE)
Good question. We are not sure of the answer. At least half of cases are genetically related. People who think it has to do with TV or other societal factors probably have it wrong. While it is true that ADD is recognized and diagnosed more often now studies where psychiatrists have gone out and …looked for it have shown remarkably consistent rates (usually 5-10% of children) going back to the 1920's in many different cultures, including native and aboriginal cultures. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a person that is labeled with ADHD, have seen symptoms that are disruptive in relationships, home and in school. The symptoms must also not be caused by any other issue. A person must also have the six common symptoms of the disorder, occurring for six or more months. (MORE)
Yes. ADHD is the medically correct name for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and replaces the previous term ADD. It consists of three subtypes: predominately inattentive, predominately hyperactive, and a combination.
Where I work it depends on the context. Not sure if it's an actual grammar/style rule. We capitalize it if it's a specific diagnosis but not as a general term. Also it should be written as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (according to the DSM-IV-TR).
Lamictal is a very good medication for bipolar disorder. But if the person has bipolar 2, which is the kind when they have more depression than the manic side of bipolar disorder, it is good to combine it with an anti-depressant. There is Lithium , Depikote ( but be aware it makes you crave carb…s and you will usually gain weight), and Topimax has been used to help bipolar disorder but is usually combined with something else. There are many other bipolar meds out there, just make sure a psychiatrist is prescribing it rather than a family physician. Usually you have to try out a couple different meds to find the right one for you, everybody's different. (MORE)
The ICD-9 Code for Attention Deficit Disorder is 314.0, and314.00/314.01 for without and with hyperactivity, respectively.There is no subset for the adult variants.
In most diagnosed cases people take different medications. Somepeople prefer the alternative methods to keep the symptoms of ADDand ADHD at bay.
Other people can be affected by ADHD in a variety of ways, depending on their relationship with the person who has it. People with ADHD can be forgetful, unfocused, challenged when it comes to time and time management and disorganized. They may talk too much, go off on tangents unrelated to the ori…ginal task, daydream, and be perceived as irresponsible or even a little slow. As you can imagine, this can cause frustration in people who deal with them, as well as a generally poor opinion of them overall. Someone in a work situation may feel as though they are not carrying their weight or cannot be relied upon. In a personal relationship, the partner may feel as though they are less important in the relationship or unappreciated. A real effort on both parts needs to be made in terms of communication and understanding in order for the relationship to work. (MORE)
Yes. Some individuals with ADHD capitalize on their charisma, creativity, energy and charm--their are many famous examples. Find Your Own Process for Learning and Performance; ADHD at CSS.
Its mostly hereditary, passed on from parent to child. Please notea child can have ADHD even if the parents do not. On the other handa parent can have ADHD and not pass it on to the child. Physically ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brainalong with other factors.
There are two main types: with hyperactivity and without (hypo activity-). The hyper children are the easy ones to spot. Signs: excessive talking ("motormouth"), does dangerous things without thought of consequences, room is usually a mess, very disorganized, runs around constantly, can't sit still… Teachers complain they don't follow directions, messy desk, can't stay in the seat, talk all the time, etc. Frequently, you can spot them by how they stand in line at school (really!) they are the ones jumping around all over the place, unable to stand and wait patiently like the other children. There is very little impulse control- no thought before acting on their impulse to do something. They are frequently fiddling with some small object or another- pencils, little toys, etc. However: they can often focus on video games for hours at a time. This does not mean they are not ADHD- just that video games are interesting enough to hold their attention. If one child or parent has it, it is likely another family member will have it as well. Hypo activity is much harder to spot- they frequently are described as "dreamers". They are seldom in trouble at school for misbehaving because they are quiet, lost in an inner world. I've found their gaze is frequently sort of soft and unfocused looking. Do not be persuaded that people grow out of it- they don't. They learn to cope with it, hopefully. In adults, look for: inability to organize work, "piles" of unfinished projects, magazines, etc, in the home or workplace. Difficulty finishing projects. Poor impulse control that can lead to overspending, overeating, etc. Often they will "self medicate" with coffee, cigarettes, or drugs. (stimulant drugs have the opposite effect on the ADD adult or child-). Studies show that children receiving medication for ADD are no more likely to abuse drugs than their peers. (MORE)
No. ADHD is just how some people's brains are wired. It is different, not bad. Being different can be challenging for some one who is ADHD in a society dominated by people who are not. For instance trying to sit through a 2 hour lecture with out spacing or acting up. But there are good things too…. Look up hyperfocus. When someone with ADHD brings this about to something constructive (writing a novel, solving a physics conundrum, etc.) the results can be phenomenal. The key is learning to channel ADHD. Trying to make it fit into a non-ADHD mold or acting like it is a disease or moral failing will only lead to failures. Having it cured is not the correct term. But anyone with ADHD, if correctly diagnosed which type, could help the patients cope with the disorder. No, it cannot be cured. But it can be managed. (MORE)
It was the first one found effective. However many (but not all) antiseizure medications have been found to be equally effective or even better in some patients. It can be a long tedious period of trial and error for many patients to find the best medication for them.
Yes ADD is a disability that is in fact recognized and included in the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That said however please remember that ADD is also often something that can be accomidated for in social, educational, and work settings. Once someone is prop…erly diagnosed and assessed, there are a varity of accomidations (many of which are amazingly simply and cheap) that allow the person to manage their ADD symptoms. Generally speaking ADD is considered a learning disorder. Statistically however as a group, persons with ADD have on average a higher IQ than the population as a whole. One reason this fact is possible is that ADD has little to do with a persons cognative capacity (or inate inteligence) and more specifically everything to do with the persons ability for cognative procesing. In short the problem for a person with ADD is not inteligence, but more about focus and productively dealing with stimuli. (MORE)
You can't get "rid" of it, it is a life-long disease. Now, it can be treated with certain drugs, but these do not cure it permanently, so you have to take them for the rest of your life. (unless you can do without medication)
yes, but it has to fulfill ALL 3 of the criteria over a certain percentage.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors, and the inability to remain focused on tasks or activities.
The causes of ADHD are not known. However, it appears that heredity plays a major role in the development of ADHD.
It would probably be a combination of "The Big Three" which would be an antimanic, an antiseizure, and an antipsychotic.
Pharmacological intervention is the first line treatment of bipolar disorder. The first line treatment is Lithium but you may find you need to take medications from a number of categories. Anticonvulsants such as valoporate(Depakote) used for those with a rapid cycle, Antipsychotics both typical and… atypical such as lithium, and olanzapine being the most common. Care should be taken when using antipsychotics for extrapyramidal side effects. Finally Benzodiazapines. Benzodiazapines are a CNS depressant and produce sedation and sleepyness, are used to control manic symptoms until mood stabilizers take effect, these are diazapam, lorzepam, and clonazepam. These drugs may be addictive and efficacy may be reduced over time as the body adapts to the drug. No medications should be taken without the prescription and advice from a Medical Practitioner. (MORE)
These symptoms include such things as distraction, not paying attention, inconsistency, forgetfulness of even simple tasks, fidgeting, verbal impulsivity, and so on.
Lack of focus, lack of organization, impulsivity, easily distracted, trouble in school academically or behaviorally.
Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD, although many studies suggest that genes play a large role. Like many other illnesses, ADHD probably results from a combination of factors. In addition to genetics, researchers are looking at possible environmental factors, and are studying how brain injurie…s, nutrition, and the social environment might contribute to ADHD. (MORE)
Im guessing you dont live in California... In West Hollywood (Los Angeles area) we have dispensaries EVERYWHERE! It is fairly easy to find a doctor who will analyze you and decide if you are able to get a medical marijuana license. I have one for my anxiety and ADHD and it has honestly really help…ed me!!! If you DO live in CA, you need a CA ID and must see a doctor before going into a dispensary. (MORE)
It is caused by an inability to filter information from the senses. Think of trying to pick out one sound from a noisy room; the ADHD brain has trouble filtering everything out to find that one sound. This is why it's so easy to be distracted.
The abbreviation for attention deficit disorder is ADD. Additionally, the abbreviation for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is ADHD. These disorders are closely related.
Yes, if the child has seizures prior to taking medication, theywill not be prescribed stimulants. If there is a family history ofseizures, the doctor will take a precaution before prescribingmedication.
Some of the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are being inattentive, i.e. daydreaming, being hyperactive and impulsive. However, some children with ADD can also be unmotivated.
Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder include impulsiveness, can't sit still, non stop talking, under performing at school and difficulty following directions.
The symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) include being hyperactive and lacking attention. Similarly, people who suffer from this may appear to daydream or be distracted.