The Symptoms We Misdiagnose

Mood swings. Insomnia. Oppositional behavior. If you or your child exhibit these behaviors, you may rightfully get an ADHD diagnosis. Or you may have another condition altogether. How to tell if your doctor got it right.

Inattention + Hyperactivity = ADHD?

ADHD is a lot more than inattention and hyperactivity, though these are the symptoms that most commonly lead to a diagnosis. Many of the less-known symptoms of ADHD — working memory and executive function deficits, difficulty sleeping, and irritability, for example — also show up with depression, autism, anxiety, and other brain-based conditions. Getting an accurate diagnosis often hinges on a patient's understanding of the 10 commonly misdiagnosed symptoms that follow.     
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