ADHD

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Posted by: RL | 2009/11/04

Q.

Really ADD?

My partner was told when he was young that he had ADD. He now uses this as an excuse for his short temper. is this normally a symptom? He doesnt seem to have any problems focussing on work, and in fact can sometimes get so absorbed in something. This is what makes me think that he possibly doesnt have ADD. He does not take medication as he says he becomes dull and loses his sense of humour. I am worried that if we have kids that they will be condemned to a life of believing they have ADD when they dont - he believes there is a very good chance his kids will have ADD. How is ADD diagnosed?

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear RL,
Tempers and mood swings are common among those with ADD; it is also very usual for someone with ADD to become very focused on something that interests them. It is best diagnosed by a clinical psychologist with the aid of questionnaires and observance. It is worth noting that ADD is hereditary. If your partner is truly ADD, he should be sensitive to your needs as much as you will need be sensitive towards his. Medication is not the only form of treatment for ADD; a change in diet can often help, reducing refined foods and carbohydrates, sugar, and avoiding additives and preservatives as much as possible. Please contact the ADD support group of SA at www.adhasa.co.za for more information.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2009/11/05

Dear RL,
Tempers and mood swings are common among those with ADD; it is also very usual for someone with ADD to become very focused on something that interests them. It is best diagnosed by a clinical psychologist with the aid of questionnaires and observance. It is worth noting that ADD is hereditary. If your partner is truly ADD, he should be sensitive to your needs as much as you will need be sensitive towards his. Medication is not the only form of treatment for ADD; a change in diet can often help, reducing refined foods and carbohydrates, sugar, and avoiding additives and preservatives as much as possible. Please contact the ADD support group of SA at www.adhasa.co.za for more information.
Kind regards.

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