Faux ADHD

More and more young children are being tested for ADHD.  Many of these children do in fact have ADHD and are treated in accordance with their doctor’s and parent’s guidance. However, maybe some of these children do not have ADHD even if he/she exhibits some of the symptoms.  I came across this short article, Could It Be Faux ADHD by Christine Mattheis in the January 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

Could It Be Faux ADHD?

By:  Christine Mattheis

“Forgetfulness, struggling to pay attention in school, aggression – it may sound like textbook attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Turns out those are also the signs of certain sleep problems, according to research from the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology. In a recent study, children who had no set bedtime or sometimes slept in their parents’ bed were eight times more like to exhibit symptoms that mimic those of ADHD. When these behaviors were corrected, the problems went away in two to three week in kids who didn’t actually have the disorder.  If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and bedtime is a nightly struggle, consider talking to your pediatrician about retesting.”

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