Does Your Child Have ADHD, or Could It Be OCD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that creates an inability to focus on a given task. An article describes some of the symptoms including “short attention span, loose focus, and recklessness.”

ADHD is sometimes diagnosed in children, typically those who have trouble paying attention in class or when doing homework. ADHD can cause a child to be disruptive. He or she may move about restlessly, feel unable to sit still during class, or constantly interrupt the teacher.

Children who have ADHD but are not diagnosed may start to earn poor grades because they are not able to focus on what they need to learn. Even if the material is not difficult for them, they may be too distracted to complete assignments.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition that causes repetitive, persistent thoughts and worries that can intrude on normal thinking patterns. OCD makes the affected person feel powerless to overcome his or her anxiety unless certain patterns and actions are repeated.

A person with OCD who is very fearful of germs may only find relief from the anxiety of becoming sick by excessive hand-washing. The person may wash his or her hands a set number of times before feeling “safe” from the germs.

Some adults do not know how to tell the difference between OCD and ADHD symptoms in children. Misdiagnosis can harm a child, especially if medication for the wrong disorder is prescribed.

To read the article quoted earlier, “Children Diagnosed With ADHD Could Actually Have OCD: How Medicating For One Can Have Serious Consequences For The Other,” click the link here:

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