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Misdiagnosis of ADD

Misdiagnosis of ADD

All people are different, and their behaviors, emotions, and beliefs are diverse. ADD is inherently difficult to diagnose. There are problems for diagnosis of ADHD in children and adolescents according to their hyperactive or inattentive behaviors. However, it is hard to judge when behavior is a "hyperactive" child versus suffering from clinical hyperactivity and actual ADD/ADHD. Similarly, "dreamy" or "shy" children do not necessarily have inattentive type ADD. The over-use of Ritalin as a drug to treat hyperactive children is a modern controversial issue, where many people believe that a large number of normal children are being misdiagnosed with ADHD and hence given unnecessary medication....more about ADD »

Alternative diagnoses list for ADD:

For a diagnosis of ADD, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for ADD:

Diseases for which ADD may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which ADD is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

ADD: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

ADD: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and ADD

Rare epilepsy misdiagnosed as ADHD: The less common disorder of temporal lobe epilepsy is a type of epilepsy without physical seizures. Some patients suffer from hyperactivity and similar symptoms, making a misdiagnosis of ADHD a possibility. See temporal lobe epilepsy and ADHD.

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This was initially misdiagnosed as a "nervous breakdown" and other mental conditions. He was later diagnosed as having had a stroke, and suffering from aphasia (inability to speak), a well-known complication of stroke (or other brain conditions).

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, it can also occur from a side effect or interaction between multiple drugs that the elderly patient may be taking. There are also various other possible causes of dementia.

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition has usually been overlooked throughout childhood. There are as many as 8 million adults with ADHD in the USA (about 1 in 25 adults in the USA). See misdiagnosis of ADHD or symptoms of ADHD.

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients with bipolar seek help from their physician, rather than a psychiatrist or psychologist. See misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis. See misdiagnosis of eating disorders or symptoms of eating disorders.

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be overlooked. See misdiagnosis of depression or symptoms of depression.

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure to diagnose these anxiety disorders may worsen the depression. See misdiagnosis of depression or misdiagnosis of anxiety disorders.

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). See symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency or misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

ADD: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of ADD:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of ADD:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of ADD or confirming a diagnosis of ADD, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of ADD may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of ADD. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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