We’ve all heard the term Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in recent years, and for good reason. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ADHD), some states had a diagnosis rate of more than 11-percent among children aged 4 to 17 in the U.S. in 2011.
The name of the disorder is fairly self-explanatory; it is characterized by trouble paying attention, as well as being impulsive with actions. While ADHD is classified as a “neurodevelopmental condition”, it’s still important to get a proper diagnosis as other health conditions can have similar symptoms (and the wrong medication may be prescribed, making the problem worse). Here are seven possible alternative reasons for your child’s erratic behavior…
1. Bipolar Disorder
This is a serious condition in children and adults that results in the sufferer having manic outbursts followed by periods of calm, much like ADHD. However, while it’s hard to distinguish between the two in some cases, there are major differences, according to Healthline.com.
For example, according to the source, ADHD is a lifelong affliction (starting in childhood), while bipolar disorder doesn’t usually set in until early adulthood. ADHD is also chronic, while bipolar disorder can lay dormant at times. Feelings of despair are also generally not a symptom that ADHD shares with bipolar disorder.