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Difficulty concentrating, Possibility of ADHD - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a problem with staying focused when i study my college meterials, and i seem to forget the information to easily no matter how hard i try. I have been told i may have ADHD, but have never been tested. Is there anyting that may work? Such as a product like Neurostin?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. let me read what you have typed
Doctor :   what other symptoms you have?
User :   easily distracted, have a hard time focusing on meterials for expanded periods of time, hard to focus in lectures, stress out before tests and do terrible
Doctor :   ok
User :   i have a hard time listening to people around me when they tell me things, its like my mind is elsewhere
Doctor :   it has to be evaluated further to see if it is ADHD or something else.
Doctor :   I will need to ask you few more questions which might take about 15 minutes more for you to answer. Shall I proceed?
User :   yea
Doctor :   do you tend to make careless mistakes in school or other activities?
User :   on occasions yes, not always
Doctor :   do you have difficulty in finishing schoolwork or paperwork or performing tasks that require concentration?
User :   yes, i usually push it to the end
Doctor :   do you tend to shift frequently from one uncompleted task to another?
User :   every time
Doctor :   do you often tend to procrastinate your work?
User :   every time
Doctor :   do you have disorganized work/study habits?
User :   not usually, im a very organized person for the most part
Doctor :   do you tend to be fidgeting, squirming when seated for say 5 minutes or longer?
User :   yes
Doctor :   while studying or working do you tend to get up frequently to walk or run around?
User :   only when i study
Doctor :   do you have difficulty in playing/studying quietly or engaging in any quiet leisure activities?
User :   yes
Doctor :   do you tend to be restless?
User :   yes
Doctor :   you do seem to have most of the symptoms that suggest ADHD.
Doctor :   I recommend a evaluation by a psychologist for you
Doctor :   such that once it is done, you can be put through the treatment
Doctor :   that would involve medication, behavioral therapies, and lifestyle changes to suit you.
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   is ther anything over the counter that may help?
Doctor :   no, there are no OTC drugs to help with the ADHD symptoms, it requires prescription drugs to treat it
Doctor :   however you can follow these tips to ensure a little relief
Doctor :   but early start of definitive medical treatment along with therapies give the best results.
User :   ok
Doctor :   1) if you do have any anxiety or stress affecting you, try to figure them out and chart them such that you can avoid them
Doctor :   2) discuss your problems with your parents and peers, tell them that you would require their support to come out of your problem
Doctor :   3) start a multivitamin suppliment that contains zinc, it helps to control a few of the symptom.
Doctor :   4) taking fish oil supplements or fish like salmon, albacore tuna, herring, mackerel, trout, and sardines that contain omega 3 fatty acids also help
Doctor :   5) change diet habit to high protien, and less of simple carbohydrate diet.
Doctor :   these measures will help you to improve few of your symptoms.
Doctor :   but the proper treatment has to a combined approach with counselling, therapies and medication
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said uptil now?
User :   yes
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   that will be all. Thank you for your time.
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height, and weight
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please chat with our doctors 24/7 for medical queries. Please refer your friends to our service.
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