Misdiagnose the symptoms of ADHD

There are many studies and research carried out in ADHD and many of them focus on the overlap between ADHD symptoms and the impacts of stress or the emotional trauma. However many people nowaday misdiagnose ADHD and ADHD patients.

  1. Statistic of ADHD diagnose and misdiagnose
  2. The causes of misdiagnose
  3. Some factors and issues which possibly mimic symptoms of ADHD

1. Statistic of ADHD diagnose and misdiagnose

The CDC suggests ADHD diagnosis increased by 22% between 2003 and ’07, based on telephone surveys of 76,000 households and in the US, the average climbed from 3% to 6% per year from 2000 to ’10. But the latest figures, which included responses collected between 2011 and ’12, showed a much higher rate than that suggested in classrooms full of children hyperactive and impulsive. “By definition, requires that ADHD symptoms have a significant impact on the lives”.

In contrast, the American can misdiagnose  nearly 1 million children as ADHD patients because the young have tendency to show more hyperactivity, impulsiveness and disorder. Todd Elder, a professional in ADHD claims that the estimated amount of money used for unnecessary medication can be $320 million to $500 million. He also claims that the children in the kindergarten have more possibility to be mistaken with the ADHD children than the other kids because they are the youngest and the most immature. He also finds that the teachers have tendency to perceive ADHD symptoms more in the young kids than the older ones.

Some people consider that the American children can be genetically or culturally predisposed with no suitable basis scientific proof. For decades, starting in the 1970s, drug marketing company focused on the sale of diagnostics and drugs for parents and teachers of Americans. There are books as “Toxic Psychiatry” in 1991, “the masses” organizations such as children and adults with Attention Deficit-/ hyperactivity disorder and National Coalition mental illness is the masquerade represents the family while taking millions of dollars from drug companies to support their promotion of psychiatric drugs for children.


Some countries as Canada, UK, Australia and Germany also have high rate of diagnosis of ADHD children. In Australia, the debate has been especially hot in recent years. Everywhere A.D.H.D. and stimulants that are promoted, they substitute for modern reforms needed in education and family life.

  1. The causes of misdiagnose

In all cases of so-called ADHD, diagnosis is harmful. Child instead requires an assessment of health education and psychosocial real, and often the child will quickly respond to improved teaching and parenting. We are diagnostic and anesthetic millions of our children instead of providing them with the education to improve the lives and families that they really need.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics (HAMLET) recently provided an updated guidance on the criteria for a proper diagnosis of ADHD, including the reports not only from parents but also from teachers and staff other day care, impulsive behavior and attention deficit hyperactivity of a child, not all doctors have the time to carefully collect and vet input from these sources. In addition, to determine whether a child is affected by ADHD, Barbaresi, for example, conduct medical evaluation and psychology that takes several hours and requires children and parents to complete the table questions about how children respond to various situations in which factors seem to cause hyperactive behavior or inattentiveness, as well as to sabotage the episode is the child’s daily activities.


However, these assessments are not offered by many insurance companies. “It’s a big elephant in the room – pediatricians and family physicians are required to sort out a complicated situation in an amount not enough time without access to the data from the psychological evaluations, they need to make good the difference, “Barbaresi said “So it was a setup for inappropriate decisions are made.”

The children even cannot be under diagnosis. In rural areas and urban areas where mental health services are increasingly scarce and more stigmatised, many people misdiagnose the children as ADHD patients is slightly lower than the regional wealth, and children in the area this sector is less likely to be treated properly. That can have an impact on long-term health of the children, because the research also shows that 60% of children with ADHD have learning disabilities, and that 60% will continue to develop a heart disease god by age 19.

  1. Some factors and issues which possibly mimic symptoms of ADHD

There are some factors that mislead the parents that their children are ADHD patients

a. Food allergies and sensitivities


A recent study published in the Lancet showed that ADHD symptoms may contribute to increased susceptibility to food at 64% of the children involved. In addition, a recent study shows that children diagnosed with ADHD have a higher rate of intestinal problems than those without the disorder. At Brain Balance, we have long said that the imbalance of the two hemispheres work can contribute to food allergies and sensitive, potentially leading to bowel leakage syndrome, immune response overexertion, and maladaptive behavior. This is why nutritional biology tests and changing diet is an integral part of the program brainstorming. The child with behavioral problems, intestinal health and digestion should not be ignored. While food sensitivity and allergy diseases may misdiagnose ADHD people. The parents should consider investigating dietary and nutritional needs of children in order to ensure that a child is ADHD patient or not.

b. Sleep order

Children with sleep disorders can easily be misdiagnosed with ADHD since people often hyper sleep deprived, cranky, and not paying attention. While sleep problems may coexist with ADHD, it is important to resolve common road blocks for children’s sleep cycle to ensure that the symptoms of your child’s behavior have enough sleeping time. If your child to and adenoids tonsillitis, chronic ear infections, allergies, sleep neap, or obesity, solve the first problem can result in better sleep and better behavior.

c. The undetected anxiety


There are many children who act as they have problem with anxiety. They tend to show their worry and derail a person’s flow of consciousness. Furthermore, they often have the difficulty of focusing and continue to have the worrisome thoughts. These behaviors make them look like they are suffering ADHD.

d. The undetected learning disability

If the children perform that the academic results are going down, they cannot concentrate in class, other people might misdiagnose them to have the ADHD symptoms. However the real reasons can be very objective as the new material, the emotional problems or even that they do not like the topic of the lesson. The children should take the comprehensive behavioral examination. The original problem is unidentified and uncured. The children can act as an ADHD patient because they simply hate the lesson or the lesson is frustrating and overwhelming.

e. Superficial assessment

Many health experts struggle to have time to perform time-consuming evaluation which is often necessary to definitively know whether ADHD is present. For example, the work with children rated at least, the oral interviews of parents, questions for parents, interviewed the child, and the child’s questions, and questionnaires to two teachers and one teacher interviewed by telephone will be conducted.

f. The poor attention to the children

This can often be the case with young or intellectually gifted students, who can also act very strongly to the point where they can look “ADHD as” at times. In point of fact: children with intellectual Common sharper focus more trouble because they find it boring quirky General alone. It has been found that a man went into office is having problems focusing not because they have ADHD but because the school is not true and so they are stimulated by social selves or try to manipulate the environment class because it is a more interesting challenge. It is believed in education in the future will become even more personal as the Internet from the learning environment suitable offers self-paced and more. For now with parents and teachers, it is obligatory that they need to tap into the talents of each child in an appropriate manner.

g. Obsessive-Compulsive disorder


Many children with OCD are distracted by obsessive and their enforcement, and when OCD is severe enough, they may spend most of their days haunting. It is not uncommon to see children continue their rituals under control while they are in school, only to be overwhelmed by them when they get home. Therefore, a teacher may notice a student having difficulty in focusing and said he had a concern, since his OCD is not clear to her.

“A child can sit in class with a phobia about the need to fix something, to avoid something horrible happens. Then the teacher called on him,” said Dr. Jerry Bubrick, senior director of anxiety and mood disorders Center of the Institute of Child Center said. “When he does not know the answer to the question, it seems he has not been paying attention, but it’s really because he was obsessed.”

h. Desensitization

Youth or even adults are exposed every day for several hours with the number of unhealthy abundance of artificial and “Rapidfire” desktop environment is being set up to fail! While neuroscientists are studying the negative effects of large amounts of “screen time” in the brains of children, it is common sense and my professional experience is that if you have a habit of brain exposure rich artificial environments (video games, etc.), then the brain will have trouble with “low stimulation” situations (eg, less visually rich, simpler, slower pace) as learning environment traditional classroom.

ADHD can be misdiagnosed as many other illnesses. The children are more likely to suffer from the ADHD misdiagnose due to their immature and childish behaviors. Therefore, the parents, teachers as well as the experts of ADHD should have careful examination to ensure that their children will not be misdiagnosed with ADHD.


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