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Maybe It’s Not ADHD

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. However, things are not always as they seem.

3 thoughts on “Maybe It’s Not ADHD

  • May 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Thank you so much for mentioning gifted children as one group often at risk for misdiagnosis with ADHD. The gifted field has been passionately trying to get this message out to the mainstream media for many years.

    While it is true gifted children can also have ADHD, making an accurate diagnosis of whether a child is gifted/gifted +ADHD/ or ADHD alone is complex. Kids are being both over-diagnosed and under-diagnosed.

    Here are some great links (the first a lengthy blog post reviewing the entire topic, the other to a public awareness effort by SENG, and the third to a video about the topic):

    Much more attention and clinical education needs to be made to provide ALL children with proper diagnosis and social/emotional/educational support so that misdiagnosis (under-diagnosis + over-diagnosis) can be minimized.

  • May 31, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Minorities tend to get the AD/HD label slapped on them more often than (middle and upper class) Caucasians as well. Along with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and other diagnoses that tend to make for some rather nasty labels.

    I think people don’t realize what makes a brain “normal.” Multitasking is not normal, and attempts at trying to do it will lead to messy and incomplete thought processes. Concentration needs to be taught, and US society isn’t teaching it. Kids need boundaries (like, it’s not OK to have tantrums and be aggressive past the age of four because you have the verbal skills necessary to communicate what you need) and guidance, and overworked teachers and clueless families really don’t know how to raise calm children. There is the American expectation that people are to be boisterous, which can look a lot like AD/HD.

    AD/HD is definitely real and definitely found in children and adults. Child brains are not immune to psychiatric issues, and untreated AD/HD is linked to drug abuse, poor grades, depression, and legal trouble. That said, pathologizing everying and their brother isn’t helpful, and eschewing psychoeducation for cheap stimulants (I’d argue insurance companies play a larger role in that than a “quick-fix mentality”) isn’t helpful either. There are a lot of professionals that have no business diagnosing AD/HD (teachers, therapists whose knowledge on AD/HD is limited to the one evening they spent talking about it in grad school abnormal psych, and arguably family and pediatric physicians). I think that, too, has resulted in a lot of pathologizing.

    • April 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      don’t know who you may be or where you are located physically BUT i DO know where you are in terms of the disaorder. labelled as mentally incompetent to finish eight grade with a wexler rate of 160 is a real downer. what stops the teachers and educational systems throughout the world from coming to the conclusion the kid may be o.k. it is the system that is broken?
      again a FANTASTIC analysys


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