ADHD mimics

Conditions that mimic or masquerade as attention deficit disorder (ADHD):

  • physical impairments
  • neurological problems
    • petit mal (abscence) seizure disorder - staring spells
    • disruptive night terrors or insomnia
  • drug abuse
  • psychiatric disorders
    • depression
    • Bipolar Disorder - manic/depressive illness mimics
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Anxiety Disorder
    • Adjustment Disorder - due to stress of loss of parent to divorce or death, moving, etc.
    • Asperger's Disorder - a social interaction disorder
    • Language Disorder - abnormal difficulties with language understanding or expression

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