ADHD Comorbidities & Related Conditions

How can I differentiate ADHD from the comorbidities most likely to present at school and/or work?

Diagnosing a patient with ADHD is a complex and nuanced process. This 7-part guide highlights key considerations and decisions clinicians face along the way.

INATTENTIVE ADHD: What other conditions may cause symptoms of inattention typically associated with ADHD?

A: Several disorders can present with cognitive, attentional, and executive functioning deficits that resemble the presentation of ADHD. These include absence seizures and other types of seizures, Lyme disease, HIV infection, and encephalopathy…. | Keep reading on MDedge »

AUTISM AND ADHD DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA: How are the diagnostic criteria for autism and ADHD in adults differentiated?

A: While research on adult autism and ADHD is scarce, clinicians largely agree on best practices in the evaluation and treatment of patients with both disorders… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

AUTISM VS ADHD:  What criteria must be present to merit an autism diagnosis vs. an ADHD diagnosis?

A: It’s critical for professionals to understand what constitutes a thorough ASD evaluation, and that a patient must demonstrate at least five of the seven criteria outlined in the DSM-5 in order to merit an autism diagnosis… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

TIC DISORDERS: What are the diagnostic criteria for the tic disorders that typically co-occur with ADHD, anxiety, and autism?

A: Tic disorders frequently co-occur with other conditions, like ADHD and anxiety, and can lead to problems in school and in social settings… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

ADHD VS LEARNING DISABILITIES: How is ADHD mistaken for comorbid learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyscalculia, and nonverbal learning disorder?

A: Learn how certain red flags, like an inability to communicate or difficulty remembering facts, might mean your child is struggling with a learning disability… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

HIGH IQ MASKING: How might a high IQ mask symptoms of ADHD and/or autism spectrum disorder?

A: Individuals with an above-average IQ and high-functioning autism, especially those with co-morbid ADHD, are less likely to be diagnosed and more likely to struggle in social spheres… | Keep reading on ADDitude »

Free Webinar: Diagnosing and Treating Comorbid Conditions in Children

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Free Webinar: How to Recognize and Address Dyscalculia

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Free Webinar: Understanding Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors with ADHD

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7-Week Guide to Differential Diagnosis of ADHD, from Medscape x ADDitude:

DECISION 1: How can I better understand ADHD, its causes, and its manifestations?
DECISION 2: What do I need to understand about ADHD that is not represented in the DSM?
DECISION 3: How can I avoid the barriers and biases that impair ADHD diagnosis for underserved populations?
DECISION 4: How can I best consider psychiatric comorbidities when evaluating for ADHD?
> DECISION 5: How can I differentiate ADHD from the comorbidities most likely to present at school and/or work?
DECISION 6: How can I best consider trauma and personality disorders through the lens of ADHD?
DECISION 7: What diagnostic criteria and tests should I perform as part of a differential diagnosis for ADHD?