A. Kasmia, M.Sc., M.D.

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Quick items to consider prior to visiting a family doctor, a pediatrician or a neurologist:

For attention deficit disorder (ADD) at least 6 of the following:

  1. Fails to give close attention to details and makes careless mistakes
  2. Has difficulty sustaining attention
  3. Does not seem to listen
  4. Does not seem to follow through
  5. Has difficulty organizing tasks
  6. Avoids tasks that require sustained attention
  7. Loses things necessary for activities
  8. Is easily distracted
  9. Is forgetful.

For attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) add at least 6 of the following:

  1. Fidgets
  2. Leaves seat
  3. Runs about or climbs excessively
  4. Has difficulty with quite leisure cavities
  5. Is on the go
  6. Talks excessively
  7. Blurts out answers
  8. Has difficulty waiting turn
  9. Interrupts or intrudes

Keep in mind that many other conditions can mimic some of the symptoms listed above.    Examples: Learning disorders, Tic disorders, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Conduct disorder, Oppositional defiant disorderThe symptoms described above must interpreted in the light of the patient environmental factors.

References: 1-Diagnostic and statistical Manual version IV-R.  2- N Engl J Med 2005;352:165-73

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