Narcolepsy and ADD


"Our 22-year-old son was recently diagnosed with inattentive ADD. Three months earlier, he was diagnosed with narcolepsy. Did the onset of narcolepsy bring out the ADD?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Narcolepsy can have its onset in early adulthood. Not so with ADD, a chronic and pervasive disorder with behaviors noted from the earliest school years. They would not first appear at age 20 or 21. Discuss your question and concerns with the physician who made the diagnosis.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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