Does my child have ADHD?

ADHD or Dyslexia? Or could it be something worse?

This week Dr. Linda answers a fairly common but scary question; “Does my child have ADHD or dyslexia?” Here’s what you need to know.

Picture of boy pulling girl's hair.Dear Dr. Linda,

Miles is in the fourth grade. We just had a meeting with his teacher. She said that she felt he had ADHD. Last year, the teacher mentioned it also. We know something is wrong, but we don’t think it’s ADHD. Our neighbor’s son has ADHD, and Miles doesn’t act anything like him. We really think it’s something else. Does Miles have ADHD? How would we know?

ADHD or Not?

Dear ADHD or Not,

There are so many parents that feel something isn’t right with their child, but they are not sure what it is. Could their child have dyslexia? Could their child have an auditory processing disorder? And without fail, the question comes up, “Could my child have ADHD?” Most parents don’t want that label. They continue to tell me that their friend’s child has ADHD, but their own child doesn’t behave like the other child.

Moms and Dads just don’t want to accept that their child’s problems may be coming from ADHD, with or without hyperactivity. The reason may be that ADHD is associated with medicating their child and almost all the parents tell me on the onset that they don’t believe in medication. [Read more…]

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