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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?"
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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.