It may not be ADHD
12% of teens and kids are diagnosed with ADHD in the United States, almost double what the numbers were 9 years ago. Dr. Nicole Beurkens discusses 5 key issues that cause ADHD-like symptoms.
Different types of ADHD
ADHD can present itself in a few different ways. Here are a few examples.
- One type may exhibit: inattentive behavior, struggle with focus and attention in school and at home, disorganized, trouble managing time.
- There is a more impulsive hyperactive type as well where individuals are more impulsive with decision making and behavior. They may seem “all over the place physically and mentally.”
- And sometimes an individual suffers from a combination of the two types described here.
This is important…
Inattentiveness and hyperactivity CAN BE NORMAL depending on age and setting. When diagnosing a child, we look for behavior that would seem inappropriate for the individual’s developmental level.
Here are 5 key issues to be aware of that can cause ADHD-like symptoms. Often once these are addressed, the ADHD diagnosis is dismissed.
5 Key Issues To Be Aware Of
1. Nutrition – heavily processed diet (sugar, artificial sweeteners, and dyes)
2. Sleep – 40% of kids diagnosed with ADHD are actually having sleep issues
3. Screen time – too much screen time can cause hyperactivity
4. Processing issues – this could be linked to issues with learning or sensory problems like eyesight
5. Relationships – kids could be struggling with relationships within their family or friend circle
If you found this information helpful and want to read more, this blog post is a great example of how easily ADHD can be misdiagnosed Is It ADHD Or Is It A Sleep Issue?
What else would you like to learn about ADHD?