Coexisting Conditions

The continuing presence of symptoms is essential for diagnosis of AD/HD. However, if there are additional complications, such as the presence of a comorbid or coexisting learning disability and/or a mental health disorder, this can mask the AD/HD symptoms so that the condition may not be diagnosed.
If a child or adolescent has AD/HD as the underlying condition, s/he is at-risk of developing a variety of coexisting or comorbid learning disabilities and/or mental health conditions, the most typical being:

  • Specific Learning Disabilities.
  • Asperger's Syndrome (AS).
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).
  • Conduct Disorder (CD).
  • Tourette's Syndrome (TS).
  • Anxiety Disorder.
  • Depression.
  • Substance Abuse.
  • Bipolar Disorder.

Treating the cormorbid condition and ignoring the AD/HD is counter productive because if the child/adolescent has AD/HD as well, the debilitating symptoms will continue, getting worse in late teens and adulthood if the AD/HD is left untreated.


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