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Is it ADHD or something else? The challenge of seeking an ADHD diagnosis

Seeking an ADHD diagnosis isn’t easy – there are many symptoms of ADHD that overlap with other potential medical conditions. So, although you may have symptoms of ADHD, it is possible that you may not have ADHD at all. Not only that, with ADHD often comes what we call co-morbidities, or co-occurring conditions. For example, it is not uncommon for an individual with an ADHD diagnosis to have co-occurring symptoms of anxiety or depression. Here’s where it gets even more complicated: many of these symptoms may be secondary to an ADHD diagnosis (e.g. symptoms that appear as a result of ADHD), or they may be completely unrelated, and warrant separate consideration.

Still with us?

Springboard Clinic hosted our second “Evening Conversation about ADHD” last Monday, and the difficulty of seeking an ADHD diagnosis was a hot topic of discussion. We met with parents of ADHD children, adults with ADHD, teachers, professionals, and more, and they all shared similar questions and concerns with the seeming complexity of figuring out what ADHD is, and what it is not.

The fact is, there is no one definitive test that diagnoses ADHD, and there are a number of different factors that need to be looked at during an assessment. This is why it is so important to go through a thorough ADHD assessment with a professional who really knows their stuff. They need to have a thorough knowledge of what ADHD looks like, but also what ADHD is not. It’s a complicated process not to be taken lightly!

Want some more information? Check out the video below from TotallyADD.com and let us know what you think.

Interested in participating in a future Evening Conversation about ADHD? Please call the clinic at 416-901-3077 for more details about upcoming events

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