ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma, how is recommended treatment different than that for children living with their birth family and ADHD?

ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma, how is recommended treatment different than that for children living with their birth family and ADHD?

The incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is higher among adoptive children (see http://www.aaets.org/adoptarticle7.htm). Therefore, it would be difficult to substantiate that a child’s attentional difficulties are resulting directly from early traumatic exposure. The generally accepted standard of care for children with ADHD is medication or behavioral intervention with or without medication. Alternative treatments […]

Reader’s Question of Tethered Cord…

Reader’s Question of Tethered Cord… During fetal development the spinal cord occupies the entire length of the vertebral column, this cannot persist because when the child or the adult bends this may cause a kink in the blood supply though the spinal cord. Surgical transaction to the thickened cord tends to halt the progression of […]

ADHD and Early Life Data

ADHD and Early Life Data

I am wondering how you differentiate a child suffering from ADHD from a child who was raised for 2.5 years in an orphanage and has very limited early life data. The etiology of ADHD is difficult to ascertain and in the patient who has a history of spending part of their life growing up in […]

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted If ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma, how is recommended treatment different than that for children living with their birth family and ADHD? The incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is higher among adoptive children (see http://www.aaets.org/adoptarticle7.htm). Therefore, it would be difficult to substantiate that a […]

Orphanages as the cause for ADHD

Orphanages as the cause for ADHD I am wondering how you differentiate a child suffering from ADHD from a child who was raised for 2.5 years in an orphanage and has very limited early life data. The etiology of ADHD is difficult to ascertain and in the patient who has a history of spending part […]

Question about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Reader’s Question on FAS…   Can Fetal alcohol syndrome be distinguished by doctors and is there a test that can be performed to help with the diagnosis? Significant exposure to alcohol during pregnancy to an infant may be associated with a broad spectrum of developmental problems that can range from learning disabilities to severe mental […]

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more common among adoptive children than the general population.

I have heard that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more common among adoptive children than the general population. Is this true? And, if so, why? Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most frequently diagnosed psychiatric disorder of childhood. Children with ADHD have difficulty maintaining attention, are distractible, impulsive and, sometimes, hyperactive. Although these behaviors are […]

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in adopted children

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is the result of several interruptions that occur during the formative period of a child’s development. Their ability to “attach”, trust others and relate to primary caregivers is negatively affected. A child’s ability to bond with or “attach to” others is greatly determined by what happens between the infant and caregiver […]

Oligophrenia in the Biological mother

Oligophrenia in the Biological mother The little girl my husband and I may be adopting from Kazakhstan was taken away from her mother because her mother was dx with oligophrenia and was unable to care for her. This scares me because I teach mentally handicapped children and I know many of them have low IQ […]

Microophthalmia

There is an orphan available with a condition called MICROOPHTHALMIA. She is 18mos old and is blind in one eye. Can you tell me more about this condition? Can anything be done to regain her vision? Is this condition linked with a syndrome that may not be showing yet? Micropthalmia: Is a disorder of the […]