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What conditions can mimic attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-like behaviors?

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Certain conditions that could mimic ADHD or cause ADHD-like behaviors are:

  • Recent major life changes (such as divorce, a death in the family, or a recent move)
  • Undetected seizures
  • Thyroid problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lead toxicity

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control. 

Searight, H. R. November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

FDA: “FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control. 

Searight, H. R. November 2000.  Am Fam Physician,

FDA: “FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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