What are some misdiagnoses of ADHD?

A harmful misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD is diagnosing children with ADD/HD who actually don't have the disorder at all. Some children are mistaken to have ADD/HD when in fact they are just being kids. A misdiagnosis of ADD/HD could mean that a child is put on unneeded meds which in turn could be dangerous as is taking any unneeded med. Some symptoms of ADD/HD to look for in your child is easily distracted by unimportant sights or sounds, inabbility to sit still or for an older child the inability to plan ahead or to be organized and also not being fully aware of whats going on around them because they seem to be in "their own little world". for more information go to http://www.nativeremedies.com/focus_for_adhd.shtml?cl=ppc&source=GOOG&kw=adhd or see your child's pediatrician or your family doctor


My nephew was diagnosed with ADD. As it turns out he is an incredibly gifted child. His outbursted of frustration were deamed inappropriate, lacking in self control and disruptive behaviour and his zoning out was all contributed to being bored out of his mind with school work and being uncomfortable in an unstimulating and unchallenged atmosphere. He now has the appropriate resources and is quite the little scholar. In the same token yes all those behaviour were inappropriate and now under wraps. Hooray...


I'm doing a research paper on the misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD and after some research I found out that bedwetting is often misdiagnosed with the disorder. If your child wets their bed a lot and they have been diagnosed with ADD you may want to get that checked out. Sometimes after several treatments of bedwetting, the symptoms like the ones of ADD disappear. If the symptoms do not disappear after several treatments, then your child may actually have the disorder. Check out this link for more info... www.drybed.com/adhd.htm
  • I was actually misdiagnosed with ADD a few years ago when I was 16. I also had clinical depression, and even attempted suicide. Now that I've been seeing a new doctor, he ran some tests, lab work, and did a full evaluation (which my old one never did) and come to find out I actually have Bipolar disorder. Bipolar actually has the same symptoms as ADD and depression and medications for ADD and Depression can make this worse. Antidepressants can induce episodes of mania, and as ADD medications can increase risk of suicidal thoughts, can be VERY dangerous. I recently read that up to 25% of people with Bipolar will die of suicide. So be very careful and question the diagnosis of your doctors!!!


I was misdiagnosed with dyslexia, and then this summer I was diagnosed with ADD. this is because my maturity, and my answers changed, I was tested when I was in 3rd grade. People should probably get tested when they are around 11 or older, when they understand things a little clearer, and so the answers are more accurate.