ADHD seems to be the popular flavor to explain why our children, and often times adults too, are having a difficult time performing at work, in school, or with their peers or colleagues.
It constantly amazes me how many other reasons there could be to explain what is happening. Whereas ADHD has become so popular, and part of mainstream culture, we can quickly overlook or not fully understand what else might be happening to affect the individual who is struggling.
Let's take a look at three distinct groups. Some of these factors are more relevant to children, yet there are many that apply to both children and adults alike.
Category 1: Health problems
There are general health and medical problems that can mimic symptoms of ADHD. It is now more important than ever to really consider the implications of a balanced diet and how not following suggested guidelines can impact how we feel and behave.
The following is a list of possible health related issues that share similar symptoms with attention deficit disorder:Allergies
Category 2: Psychological
In young children and adolescents, there are many diagnoses that can mirror symptoms of ADHD. In many cases, particularly in children, it can be difficult to differentiate the symptoms for a clear diagnosis.Anxiety
Normal child development
Non-verbal learning disability
Category 3: Stress
When I worked as a therapist, I saw a lot of adults and children who were diagnosed with ADHD, but were clearly more impacted in their lives by some of the following stressors:Divorce
It is often difficult to really focus and interact with the world when we are so preoccupied and concerned with what many people might take for granted.
The biggest problem with trying to figure out what is really going on is that most people need time to build trust and to feel comfortable revealing exactly what is going on. So what might first look like ADHD, could in fact eventually turn out to be anything but that.
Don't get me wrong. In many of these cases, if this is the issue you are struggling with, then you or your child clearly does not have ADHD. At the same time, there is also the distinct possibility that any number of these issues can be present in addition to attention deficit disorder.
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