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ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by the presence of impairing levels of inattention, disorganization &/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.
Symptoms that suggest ADHD includes hyperactivity, acting without thinking, inattention/daydreaming, fidgety, restless, excessive talking, aggressive behavior, academic underachievement, disorganized and has difficulty in completing task.

Follow Up

  • Initially, monitor on a monthly basis until consistent optimal response is noted
    • Then every 3 months in the 1st year of treatment
  • Subsequent follow-up will depend on patient’s response, adherence to treatment strategy, presence of associated conditions
    • Recommended is at least 2 times a year
  • Monitor treatment outcomes and adverse effects by gathering information from parents, teachers and the child
  • Monitor core symptoms using DSM-IV-TR-based attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder rating scales (eg Vanderbilt attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder follow-up scales)
  • Re-evaluate the patient when treatment and management plan does not meet desired outcomes
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