What are some misdiagnoses of ADHD?


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2011-09-13 19:23:48
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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 or see your child's pediatrician or your family doctor

AnswerMy 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... AnswerI'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...
  • 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.

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I do not know how often they are misdiagnosed, but they can be. The majority of recent cases for which I have heard about misdiagnoses by child psychiatrists were because the parent was certain it was one condition and described incidents that supported that condition, to the point of severely distorting them from what really happened. The other major category of misdiagnoses were by educators who were not trained at evaluating those conditions, but recognized a couple signs in some of the children they found difficult, and put a label on for convenience.

Of course! Misdiagnoses are common, especially in mental disorders. This is partly because the symptoms do not necessarily lead to the disease, but also because many different disorders can have similar symptoms. In particular, symptoms of OCD and ADHD can look very much alike but they are actually opposite malfunctions of the same part of the brain. In OCD this part of the brain is overactive and in ADHD it is underactive. Unfortunately, this has often led to diagnoses of "comorbid" ADHD and OCD, but researchers are discovering that the brain processes are actually opposite, which means it would be impossible to have both at the same time. offers some advice for diets for ADHD patients. also offers some great help when it comes to a diet for ADHD patients. It is also advised to check with your doctor about some diet ideas for those dealing with ADHD.

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Yes, there are some people that have ADHD that once they become older grow out of it. However, most individuals with ADHD have symptoms that continue into adulthood.

Some symptoms of ADHD in a child include hyperactivity and trouble concentrating. Some children are thought to have a hot temper while they in fact have ADHD.

In some cases, individuals with ADHD will stop having symptoms as they near adulthood. However, if you have adult ADHD you will not outgrow it.

There are some adhd supplements that actually do help. There are a lot of natural vitamins and supplements you can get.���add-adhd/guide/���vitamins-supplements-adhd

There have been some links between ADHD and nutrition. Some studies have indicated that a poor diet can worsen ADHD symptoms and a good diet can improve them.

There are many prescription treatments for adhd. Some are: Adderall, Buspar, Concerta, Prozac and Tenex.

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Sadly. I have adhd and there is no possible way for it to be cured. And it's not really noticeable.

Yes; a doctor can prescribe medication for both ADHD and depression. In some cases, two medications will be prescribed (one medication for ADHD and another for depression). Some drugs such as Wellbutrin are prescribed to treat depression and work for ADHD as well.

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A diet high in protein, complex carbs, and Omega-3s will be beneficial to a child with ADHD. For more information, visit WebMD:

Unfortunately, some with ADHD do not respond to medication. Consult your doctor about other proven treatments for ADHD like behavioral therapy and meditation.

No antidepressant has been approved to treat ADHD; however, bupropion (brand name Wellbutrin) has shown some benefit in studies for adults with ADHD.

If a person displays many symptoms of ADHD [see related questions] one could suggest a person has ADHD. In some cases, such as inattentive subtypes of ADHD a person would not display obvious external symptoms. Only a doctor can confirm a diagnosis of ADHD.

There are many vitamins and supplements that are being marketed for ADHD, but not all of them are effective or safe. There is some evidence that zinc and fish oil will improve ADHD symptoms. St. John's wort is marketed as an ADHD drug, but it does not help and it can be extremely dangerous if mixed with other medications. One should speak to their doctor or specialist prior to starting a supplement for ADHD symptoms.

Yes; it is believed that 30% of individuals with ADHD will experience co-morbid depression. In some cases, depression can be caused by untreated ADHD symptoms and can be treated through addressing the ADHD. In other cases, the depression is unrelated to ADHD and requires it's own unique treatment.

Some vitamin supplements that are helpful to someone with adhd are fish oil, melotonin and zinc. Some children with adhd have lower levels of zinc that children without adhd and zinc supplements have been should to help improve adhd symptoms. Fish oil may improve mental skills in children and melotonin is a natural sleep aid and can decrease your child's excess energy.

adhd starts off when you are a child. Some children will and can simple grow out of adhd where as others who dont grow out of the symptoms may be stuck with the disease for life.

ADHD often occurs with other mental disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders. Up to thirty percent of individuals with ADHD suffer from depression; in some cases, the depression is a result from the uncontrolled symptoms of ADHD.

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