Conditions And Maladies Often Mistaken For ADD/ADHD

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ADD/ADHD diagnoses of our school-children have become so common as to be scandalous. It’s not unlikely that other maladies whose sufferers share symptoms with ADHD are being misdiagnosed. Here are diseases or conditions especially likely for misdiagnosis as ADD/ADHD.

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Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism. This imbalance can cause depression or excessive sadness, which in turn can express itself as social immaturity and lack of attention.
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Sensory Disorders

Sensory Disorders. If they’re overstimulated, children suffering this family of disorders might show any number of symptoms that might hastily be judged ADHD. These include lack of attention and being accident-prone.
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Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutritional deficiencies. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar can exhibit as hyperactivity, lack of concentration, aggressiveness and more.
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Iron Deficiency or Anemia

Iron Deficiency or Anemia. Anemic children can have short attention spans and irritability, as well as impaired cognitive function.
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Hearing Impairments

Hearing Impairments. People with a high degree of deafness might lose the habit of engaging in conversations, listening to other people, etc.
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Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders. People who are chronically short of sleep exhibit decreased mental performance as measured by lack of focus, short-term memory and more. Communication can be difficult for sleep-deprived children.
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Lead Toxicity

Lead Toxicity. Even a little lead toxicity can lead to cognitive problems recalling those of the mentally retarded. These problems are often confused with ADHD.
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Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome

Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome. Autistic children can appear hyperactive and have great difficulty forming social relationships.
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Seizure Disorders

Seizure Disorders. In particular, the couple of hours following a seizure can be a hazy, disorienting period, during which behaviors are exhibited that may be confused with ADHD.
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Intellectual Disability or Mental Retardation

Intellectual Disability or Mental Retardation. People suffering any significant intellectual disability won’t just be slow learners in school. They might be socially awkward, with unclear boundaries and a general sense of being immature for their age.
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Food Allergies

Food Allergies. Some of us react adversely to some of our modern food additives like red dye and MSG. Reactions can include aggressiveness and an inability to sit still.
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