Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Tips To Discover If Your Child Has Been A Victim Of Misdiagnosis Of ADHD

More and more children and teenagers are being diagnosed with ADHD every single day. There has been many theories as to the causes of this massive increase in ADHD cases ranging from vaccinations, viral diseases, medications taken by the mother while pregnant, and heredity in addition to others. This has caused a massive increase in the prescription of medications to treat the disease. These medications are not entirely safe, and lead to other complications equal to, or more serious than ADHD. Therefore, it is very important for any parent that has a child that has been diagnosed with ADHD to take extra steps to evaluate whether or not their child is a victim of misdiagnosis of ADHD.

When looking at a typical child that is constantly talking, incredibly active, and overly impulsive in their actions, it is easy to think that the child may have ADHD and never stopped to consider the possibility that it could be another, similar disorder or just a temporary stage that the child was passing through at the time. So, let's take a look at some of the reasons that a person could receive a misdiagnosis of ADHD and how this could be avoided in most cases.

The first reason that many children are misdiagnosed with ADHD is that, while they are being examined they exhibited all the symptoms of rambunctious behavior, limited attention span, acting on impulses, etc. but, at other times none of the symptoms displayed themselves at all. In order to be a correct diagnosis of ADHD the examination needs to show that the patient exhibits these symptoms in more than one type of location, preferably many locations, and that the symptoms are causing problems with the child's relationships with others and overall development. Otherwise you may have a classic case of misdiagnosis of ADHD.

Another good indicator of misdiagnosis of ADHD would be when the child has been treated with quite a number of medications for ADHD and none of them have seen to be effective. This may indicate that ADHD is not the problem and either the child has a completely different disease or possibly nothing at all, depending. Or upon being treated with ADHD medications either the symptoms subside for a while and surprisingly return, or get significantly worse at the very beginning of treatment. This would indicate ADHD was most likely not the cause of the symptoms and a specialist should be consulted to diagnose the correct cause and prescribe the correct medication.

So if any of the above sounds familiar to you, then it is of utmost importance that you find a medical professional who specializes in ADHD and take your child for a complete reevaluation as soon as possible. Of course, the objective would be to find the real root of the problem whether it be exposure to lead paint, pesticides, inadequate exercise, food allergies, or many other natural and man-made causes where their elimination would be the solution to the problem rather than medication. An appointment to consult with your medical professional, then, should be your next stop to find out if another misdiagnosis of ADHD has happened in your case as well.

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