Is ADD/ADHD ever misdiagnosed?

In other words, do you think some teachers/parents would prefer to say a hyper active child or a child who has lots of energy, is ADD/ADHD rather than give that child a little extra attention.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:19 AM on Jan. 2, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Absolutely, they are quick to claim ADD/ADHD. A thorough exam from a doctor can help, if the doc has you and the teacher explain a day with the child plus his own expierence with the child the u know hes researching and doing a thorough check.. Not even a doctor can diagnose after just one day, so choose the pediatrician wisely.
    smnice

    Answer by smnice at 10:24 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • aboslutley all the time. thats the easy thing to do is say they are add/adhd and give them medicine for it!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:24 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • My children are both autistic. They were officially diagnosed by Deveopmental Pediatricians by the age of 3. They have both attended Early Intervention preschools. The only way for children to attend these schools/programs is to have an evaluation/diagnosis of a developmental delay or medical disability (suhc as Autism, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy). I have talked to MANY moms who INSIST on saying their child DOES NOT have a developmental delay, but that they are ADHD, have PDD-NOS, or simply refuse to say what the issue is!

    The only people being hurt by a teacher or parent's refusal to face the issue(s) head on are the children. There is nothing wrong with accepting a developmental issue (you are not responsible for it), but there is plenty wrong IMO with doing nothing about it!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:24 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • Yep. too many times. They tried that with my nephew. My sister refused to medicate her child and we r so glad. He is a normal and very smart 10 yr old now! (makes all As). meds aren't the answer to everything
    babycakes254

    Answer by babycakes254 at 10:24 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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    The problem is we live in such a high litigious society where if you even so much as LOOK at someone funny, they'll file a law suit--so never mind the fact that saying a child has a developmental issue that needs addressing would cause an uproar in many parents--so ONLY a doctor specializing in neurodevelopmental issues should ever make an such an official diagnosis.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:27 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I know it is misdiagnosed. My son whose now 16 was misdiagnosed from the time he was 9 til he was 13. They said he was ADHD-ODD and CD and turns out he was Bipolar. The meds they gave him were making his behavior worse. Then I also have an autistic son and right off the bat his teachers tried to say he had ADHD. I knew he didnt and they knew very little about Autism. I had to have his pediatrician call and tell them to stop diagnosing kids since they didnt have medical degrees.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 10:29 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • P.S. And as frustrating as it can be on some days, we have NEVER, and hope to never have to medicate our children...just good one on one therapy...RDI, speech, OT, PT, etc.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:29 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I'm a professional who is qualified to diagnose ADHD. First, ADHD is a medical disorder, and like all medical disorders, it can be misdiagnosed. Why? Well, believe it or not ADHD is a complilcated disorder. It is both over and under diagnossed. For the record, a teacher is not a qualified professional to diagnose a medical disorder. Some teachers, while well meaning, have told parents, "This is ADHD and I know because my son also has ADHD." or "I don't believe in ADHD. Your child is just being stubborn and not reaching his potential. I have seen him focus when he wants to." Okay that one makes me scream. So then how is it OVER diagnosed? cont...
    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 10:36 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • Yes. I know their are children that do have it, but it needs to be diagnosed carefully.

    My stepson's 1st grade teacher would call me everyday and tell me all the things he was doing wrong (not paying attention, causing distractions, excessive talking, being disrespectful). She told me he had ADD, like she was an expert.

    My stepson does not have ADD. He is full of energy and very happy go lucky. Once DH and I worked with him on his behavior at school, he was much better.

    He's in 4th grade now, hardly ever gets in trouble and gets decent grades. He's also very respectful and polite.

    Sometimes, children need extra attention.
    mwebb

    Answer by mwebb at 10:40 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • cont...It is over diagnosed because there are other medical issues that have the exact SAME symptoms as ADHD. For example: depression and/or anxiety look like ADHD. Children do not exhibit signs of depression the way adults do. They become forgetful, can't concentrate, can get active and be all over the place, blurt out things, interrupt, their mind seems to race 90 miles an hour...ect. But then the trick is distinguishing between ADHD and depression and/or anxiety. Also trauma and adjusting to change also can have ADHD like qualities. Diagnosing is more complicated than just doing some check list at a doctor's office.

    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 10:40 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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