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
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:
- Brain & Neurological Disorders: Rare Types:
- Chronic Mental Health Disorders -- Rare Types:
- more rare diseases...»
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.
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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