ADHD: Other Conditions With Similar Symptoms
Finding out exactly what is causing behavioral problems can be difficult, since symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also be caused by other problems. The main symptoms of ADHD—inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness—may also result from:
In order to best treat symptoms of ADHD, a doctor must carefully investigate these other possibilities as a contributor to or cause of behavior problems.
When symptoms are primarily a result of ADHD, they develop early in life (before the age of 7) and get worse when school demands are placed on the child. Symptoms of ADHD can be expected to continue into adulthood.
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