Misdiagnosis of ADHD

Learning disabilities: “ADHD can be confused with a learning problem,” Vitiello says. ADHD makes it difficult for a child to pay attention, stay focused, organize information, and finish tasks. This can interfere with schoolwork, home life, and friendships. But ADHD is not considered a learning disability. It requires its own treatments, which may include behavior therapy and medications.

Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)1

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Undiagnosed: ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD can be mistaken for emotional or disciplinary problems or missed entirely in quiet, well-behaved children, leading to a delay in diagnosis. Adults with undiagnosed ADHD may have a history of poor academic performance, problems at work, or difficult or failed relationships.

Source: NIMH (NIH)2

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References

  1. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ sep2016/ feature1
  2. Source: NIMH (NIH): nimh.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/ index.shtml

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