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.
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.