Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Quiz: Could Your Child Have ADD/ADHD?



Saw this on the 'Parents' Magazine website. Thought as a parent of two young boys, ages 7 & 8, I should probably explore this! I mean, if my child has a disability or disorder, as a parent, who wouldn't want to know, right? So off I went. I posted my results for each of my children below. I have listed each of the 12 questions and the answer for my 8 year old and my 7 year old.

1. Does your child have difficulty sitting still? Yes (Both kids)

2. Does your child seem to have a short attention span? Yes (Both Kids)

3. Does your child frequently "space out"? Yes (7 year old)

4. Has anyone else in your family been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD? No (but if they took this test, YES)

5. Does your child have trouble sharing or waiting his turn? Yes (Both Kids)

6. Does your child frequently and quickly move from one activity to the next? Yes (Both Kids)

7. Does your child have trouble making and keeping friends? No (Neither)

8. Have your child's teachers complained of behavioral problems? Yes (Both Kids)

9. Does your child frequently seem distracted and disorganized? Yes (Both Kids)

10. Does your child make careless mistakes at school or home? Yes (Both Kids)

11. Does your child frequently act impulsively and without thinking? Yes (Both Kids)

12. Does your child often lose and forget items? Yes (Both Kids - EVERY DAY)

So below are the results (same for each child by the way)....check it out...

Your Results
Quiz ResultsYour child seems to exhibit a fair number of the behaviors that accompany ADD/ADHD. These behaviors include high levels of activity, distractibility, and impulsiveness. Speak with your child's pediatrician about your child's symptoms and your concerns. Before diagnosing a child with ADD/ADHD, it's imperative to investigate other possible medical problems that may contribute to behavioral issues, such as lead poisoning or severe anemia. Other psychological factors, such as depression, adjustment problems, family stress, or abuse should be ruled out.Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Medical Association; William Lord Coleman, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics at the Center for Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel HillThis quiz is for entertainment and/or educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

So do my children have ADD/ADHD then? I'll just go ahead and let you know that NO THEY DO NOT. But other parents out there may take this quiz and think otherwise, and head down a road of evaluation, labeling, and DRUGS.

So then, just for fun, I answered every other answer yes/no so I scored 50% 'yes' on the quiz and here was the result:

Your Results
Quiz ResultsYour child seems to be exhibiting a few -- but not all -- of the behaviors that accompany ADD/ADHD. These behaviors include high levels of activity, distractibility, and impulsiveness. Speak with your child's pediatrician about your child's symptoms and your concerns. Before diagnosing a child with ADD/ADHD, it's imperative to investigate other possible medical problems that may contribute to behavioral issues, such as lead poisoning or severe anemia. Other psychological factors, such as depression, adjustment problems, family stress, or abuse should be ruled out.Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Medical Association; William Lord Coleman, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics at the Center for Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel HillThis quiz is for entertainment and/or educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

So after this, I just answered questions 1,2, and 9 as Yes on the rest 'no'. Here was the result.

Your Results
Quiz ResultsYour child doesn't seem to show the common symptoms of ADD/ADHD. These disorders are usually characterized by high levels of activity, distractibility, and impulsiveness. However, if you still suspect your child might have ADD/ADHD, talk to your child's pediatrician and express your concerns.Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Medical Association; William Lord Coleman, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics at the Center for Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel HillThis quiz is for entertainment and/or educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

So as you can see, there are some definite 'flaws' and 'agendas' being pushed by this trusted media source for Parents. One is no matter what, you are supposed to go talk to your pediatrician. The all knowing, God-playing, Pediatrician. Now no doubt, there are Ped's out there with great intentions and giving awesome recommendations, but the overwhelming majority of the Ped's that I've met in practice and through concurrent patients, have one thing in common - PRESCRIBE, PRESCRIBE, PRESCRIBE. (OMG, as I was typing this a 'pop tarts mini crisps' advertisement popped up on the parents web site!!!!! For real???? Ingredients follow (in RED are some effects of those ingredients:
ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), SUGAR (CAUSES HYPERACTIVITY), SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL (WITH TBHQ (A 'FLAME RETARDANT' CHEMICAL ADDITIVE FOR FRESHNESS), CORN SYRUP (CAUSES HYPERACTIVITY, DIABETES, ETC), CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF MODIFIED CORN STARCH, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL STRAWBERRY FLAVORS, SALT, CORNSTARCH, WHEAT STARCH, DEXTROSE, BAKING SODA, GELATIN, CANOLA OIL (RANCID FAT), COLOR ADDED, CONFECTIONER'S GLAZE, GLYCERIN, CARNAUBA WAX, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, NIACINAMIDE, RED #40 (TOXIC COLORING) LAKE, REDUCED IRON, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), YELLOW #5 (TOXIC COLORING) LAKE, YELLOW #6 (TOXIC COLORING), BLUE #2 (TOXIC COLORING) LAKE, RED #40 (TOXIC COLORING), BLUE #1 (TOXIC COLORING) LAKE, YELLOW #5 (TOXIC COLORING), FOLIC ACID, SOY LECITHIN.

That was interesting. Studying ADHD and up pops a 'junk food' ad for
a food that would make any kid fail the test I just took. WOW.

So, some of you may be saying, 'Hey Mr. Insensitive, my child has a real problem!' And I say, you may be 100% right. But the question I ask is giving your child a drug the ONLY option? And yes, drugs are the ONLY treatment option ever given in the traditional medical world. And here are the 'side' effects of those meds (from Drugs.com):

Do not take Adderall if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Adderall before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use Adderall if you are allergic to amphetamine and dextroamphetamine or if you have:

  • heart disease or moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension);

  • arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries);

  • overactive thyroid;

  • glaucoma;

  • severe anxiety, tension, or agitation; or

  • if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects.

Before taking Adderall, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a congenital heart defect;

  • high blood pressure;

  • heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, or recent heart attack;

  • a personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, depression, or suicide attempt;

  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder; or

  • tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette's syndrome.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Adderall will harm an unborn baby. It could cause premature birth, low birth weight, or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes this medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Adderall without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Sound like something you want your child consuming? Me neither. So then what is a concerned parent to do? Explore other options is the answer. There are effective, safe, and NON-DRUG alternatives to support your childs natural Neuordevelopment and attention. Seek them out. One place to do so is at the upcoming 'No Labels. No Limits.' Event in Chicagoland. Pediatric health experts will be on hand sharing many solutions to issues just like these. Come check it out!

Take care and ALWAYS remember, there is more than ONE option!








5 comments:

  1. You're a little nuts. They're just saying if you're worried, talk to your dr. A parent taking this quiz obviously has some worries about their child. ADD can mask other issues like anxiety, depression and abuse. There is no agenda in telling a worried parent that they should talk with a professional who can help sort out the typical from the abnormal. I'm more frightened that you're a doctor than a website suggesting you talk to a professional if they have medical concerns.

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  2. The most successful peoples on earth were also claimed that they have ADD/ADHD but when peoples did research on them but they were not suffering from ADD/ADHD like Donald Trump which is now the president of US. I was seeing the pictures of cats in which they were presenting the concept of ADD/ADHD.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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