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Problems Linked to ADHD

Any child can have depression, anxiety, or learning problems. These problems can exist along with ADHD. Orthey can occur by themselves. The likely cause of a child’s symptoms can only be found by careful evaluation.Then a child mustget appropriate, effective care. To be sure that happens, parents, school staff, and healthcare providers need to share observations. And they need to work together on the child's treatment plan. Below are 3 serious problems that require coordinated care.

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Depression

A depressed child may feel sad most of the time. He or she may have low self-esteem and show little interest in life. The child may eat or sleep more or less than in the past. He or she may withdraw from the rest of the world.

Anxiety

It's normal for children to have fears. But severe anxiety can make a child scared and too sensitive. He or she may be obsessed with upsetting thoughts. The child may be restless, overactive, or withdrawn.

Learning problems

A child with a learning problem may not fully process certain types of information. Some have trouble with what they see. Others have problems with what they hear. For instance, a teacher may give clear instructions. But this may not register in the child’s mind. Then the child may struggle with 1 or more school subjects.

Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Paul Ballas MD
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2016
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