Is it Childhood Anxiety, Depression, or ADHD
The symptoms of childhood anxiety, childhood depression, and ADHD are frequently identical. The hallmark symptoms of ADHD are inattention, overactivity, and impulsivity. Children who are dealing with depression and anxiety may also demonstrate similar symptoms. Unfortunately many children who have been diagnosed with ADHD may likely have an incorrect diagnosis. It is common for children to be seen for one visit by a family doctor or even a psychologist or psychiatrist and receive this diagnosis. Often the clinician may have parents and teachers complete rating scales such as the Connors rating scale which is an indicator for ADHD. One doctor’s visit and the completion of rating scales which are only indicators do not provide enough information with which to make a differential diagnosis. For the diagnosis of ADHD all other possibilities which might cause such symptoms need to be discounted and a thorough history needs to be taken. If there is excessive conflict in the family for example this piece of information alone may be enough to disqualify the diagnosis. It appears that it is common, however for children who have been diagnosed with ADHD to have coexisting anxiety or depression. Childhood depression or even adult depression may coexist with a variety of conditions or disabilities. For that matter almost any challenging loss that is not effectively dealt and impacts a persons sense of well being might stimulate depression. On the other hand concerns about depression could easily generate feelings of anxiety. For more information regarding ADHD you might want to check out Dr. Russel Barclay a prominent authority on ADHD.