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ADHD and Coexisting Conditions, There’s often more to ADHD…

Is your child’s treatment plan really managing all of his or her symptoms—or is there more to your child’s ADHD?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that doctors who treat ADHD assess for the presence of other conditions that may occur at the same time—such as behavioral/emotional issues and developmental conditions. Identifying other conditions can assist your doctor in developing the most appropriate treatment plan for your child.

Successful treatment of ADHD involves:

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Early intervention

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Recognizing associated conditions

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Developing a comprehensive treatment plan to manage all of your child’s symptoms

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Learn more about ADHD with this fact sheet overview from the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) website. For other helpful parenting resources, click here.

Common mood disorders associated with ADHD

Common mood disorders associated with ADHD

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Did you know that approximately 75% of children and adolescents with ADHD have another psychiatric condition—and approximately 60% have multiple psychiatric conditions?

Some moodiness is common as children develop—especially in the teen years.

If you observe symptoms of the following mood conditions, it may be time to talk to your doctor about whether there is more to your child’s ADHD.

In addition to the specific mood conditions described above, many children with ADHD have difficulties tied to the regulation of behavior.

Common developmental issues associated with ADHD

While ADHD is typically thought of as a behavioral disorder, it’s important to recognize that it is a developmental disorder as well.

Research shows that kids with ADHD develop 2 to 3 years more slowly than their peers.

Common developmental issues associated with ADHD

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A developmental delay is more than being “a little behind”. It represents a substantial delay in areas such as:

Developmental issues that go hand-in-hand with ADHD may be a source of significant worry for parents. However, it’s important to remember that the long-term developmental outcome for children with ADHD varies—and often depends on what help or interventions they receive. As always, you should talk with your child’s doctor to decide on the best support and treatment for your child. You can also see links to some helpful resources here.