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What Conditions Are Related To ADHD?


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According to understood.org, “Kids with ADHD often have other conditions as well. Doctors refer to this as comorbidity. Some conditions look a lot like ADHD because they have some of the same symptoms. It’s important that your child’s issues are properly identified so you can start an appropriate treatment program. Here are issues that often coexist with ADHD.” Therefore, it is important to distinguish between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and some of the other conditions similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This article will focus on this topic.

Auditory Processing Disorder

The first condition that can co-exist with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is Auditory Processing Disorder. According to understood.org, “Auditory Processing Disorder. This can make it hard for kids to understand and follow spoken directions. There’s a “disconnect” somewhere between the ear and brain, making a child appear inattentive or unable to follow directions. Auditory Processing Disorder can coexist with ADHD. But sometimes one gets misdiagnosed for the other.” Therefore, the inattentiveness in Auditory Processing Disorder can be misinterpreted for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, it is really Auditory Processing Disorder.

Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder

In addition to Auditory Processing Disorder, another disorder than can co-exist with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder. According to understood.org, “This condition makes it hard for a child to converse in socially appropriate ways. Kids with social communication disorder may have trouble understanding body language, puns, sarcasm and statements that don’t mean exactly what they say.” This can be misinterpreted for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder is its own separate disorder. They are two different disorders.

Conclusion

To conclude this article, even though some disorders may appear or seem similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, each disorder has its own distinct features that separate them from one another. On an even further note, some disorders may appear similar to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder due to executive functioning issues. On an even further note, according to understood.org, “ADHD and many of the issues described above share a common thread: executive functioning issues. Executive functioning skills allow us to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention and get started on tasks. A child with ADHD or another disorder may lack skill in one or more executive functions.” If you are a parent and believe your child is experiencing any of the symptoms of the above disorders, consult a doctor.

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What Conditions Are Related To ADHD?


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). What Conditions Are Related To ADHD?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2016/08/what-conditions-are-related-to-adhd/

 

Last updated: 27 Aug 2016
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