Mental Health & ADHD Comorbidities

How can I be sure my child’s ADHD evaluation also considers look-alike comorbidities?

Could your child have ADHD? In this 8-part guide, you’ll find expert answers to your questions that will help you make key decisions about seeking a diagnosis.

LDs: What distinguishes ADHD from learning differences?

A: Between 30–50% of those with ADHD also have a learning disability — and if an LD is not recognized early, a child might exhibit ADHD-like symptoms… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ODD: What distinguishes ADHD from oppositional defiant disorder?

A: ADHD is a type of brain disorder that often lasts well into adulthood. ODD is a type of behavior disorder that’s mostly diagnosed in childhood. If your child has ODD, they tend to be… | Keep reading on WebMD »

AUTISM: What distinguishes ADHD from autism in children?

A: Autism spectrum disorders are a series of related developmental disorders that can affect language skills, behavior, socializing, and… | Keep reading on WebMD »

CD: What distinguishes ADHD from conduct disorder?

A: While kids with ADHD might be disruptive, they aren’t typically aggressive. When kids show a pattern of more aggressive, violent, or antisocial behaviors… | Keep reading on WebMD »

TIC DISORDERS: What distinguishes ADHD from Tourette’s Syndrome?

A: The main symptom of Tourette’s syndrome is repeated movements or sounds, called tics, that a person can’t control. They can be simple, like constant eye blinking, sniffing… | Keep reading on WebMD »

FIRST-PERSON: “How My Son’s ADHD Masked His Dyslexia”

“Some of the signs were obvious, in retrospect. He was a late reader. He had significant struggles with spelling. But here’s where I went off track: I wrongly assumed that these issues were due to his ADHD distractibility. So many other things had landed in that bucket, why not this?” | Keep reading on ADDitude »



Is your child touchy, prickly, or easily offended? Test limits by ignoring rules or arguing? | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

SYMPTOM TEST: Learning Disabilities in Children

Could your child’s reading, math, spelling, or coordination challenges be signs of a learning difference? | Take the self-test on ADDitude »

8-Part Guide to ADHD Diagnosis in Children, from WebMD x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?
DECISION 2: How can I understand the aspects of ADHD that might be new to the doctor?
DECISION 3: How can I improve the odds of an accurate ADHD evaluation for my child?
DECISION 4: How can I find a professional to diagnose and treat my child’s ADHD?
DECISION 5: What should a thorough evaluation for pediatric ADHD include and exclude?
DECISION 6: How can I be sure my child’s evaluation screens for psychiatric comorbidities?
> DECISION 7: How can I be sure my child’s evaluation considers look-alike comorbidities?
DECISION 8: Should my child be screened for the sleep, eating, and other disorders?