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If you missed the first post in this series, check back to Maybe It's Not ADHD. You'll find two situations that can appear similar to ADHD but may be a completely different problem.
Your Child Has Significant Anxiety
Anxiety and ADHD can look similar at a quick glance - distraction, lack of focus, forgetfulness and increased motor activity. One particularly important reason for getting the diagnosis correct is to ensure that your child is not given the wrong medication at some point.
ADHD medication is usually a stimulant, and a child with anxiety may feel even worse depending on how their body reacts to this medication. Not only do they have the wrong medication in their body, they may also still need something to calm their physical symptoms. And in all likelihood, the things that are making them anxious aren't being addressed.
Do you have a kid that seems to bounce off the walls, is easily distracted, and seems to forget anything and everything? You might immediately think of ADHD when you hear this description. The term is tossed around quite casually these days and it's been used to explain behavior problems for years now.
However, things are not always as they seem. It's easy to make a quick conclusion without looking any deeper. Even if you treat the symptoms, you may not be addressing the correct problem. Before you see a doctor or counselor about a diagnosis as specific as ADHD, consider the following possibilities.
Many more kids now seem to be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. ADD is mostly about difficulty paying attention, and ADHD has attention problem along with hyperactivity. These can run in families or be more isolated. No matter how it comes about, parents are...