Attention Deficit Disorder Misdiagnosis

Attention Deficit Disorder is a developmentally handicapping medical condition that first manifests itself in school age individuals. While 3-5% of the population is generally acknowledged to have a sound neurologically based disorder, a far greater percentage of school children are currently diagnosed with ADD and usually continue to show symptoms throughout adolescence and adulthood.

When a student is unable to concentrate, it often manifests itself in frustration and acting –out in class, and, because such episodes are so disruptive to the classroom, many school psychologists are quick to draw upon the diagnosis of ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as a rationale for using drugs to calm and mentally focus the disruptive child.

In our experience as Developmental Optometrists, undiagnosed vision disorders can often be misdiagnosed as learning disabilities and even ADD/ADHD. That’s why we strongly recommend that before a child is “classified” as learning disabled or ADD and treated with potent prescription drugs, a full vision screening and evaluation be performed.

In many cases children misdiagnosed as having ADD have treatable vision problems that are correctable after a few months of Vision Therapy. In other cases, a combination of individual counseling, behavior modification, vision therapy and coping skill training can often successfully manage and control ADD without the need to resort to drugs. Early diagnosis and intervention are the keys to success.

BEFORE RESORTING TO DRUGS to treat your children’s problems, invest the time for a thorough Vision Screening Exam with Dr. Janet Wilamowski, Optometrist. Call today.


Common Signs of ADD and/ or Certain Visual Problems

Significant difficulties in the following areas:

· Inattention, very short attention span

· Carelessness

· Poor follow through

· Poor organization

· Poor sustained mental effort

· Constantly losing things

· Easily distracted

· Forgetful in daily activities

· Fidgets, can’t stay in seat

· Runs around

· Talks excessively

· Doesn’t wait turn

· Frequently interrupts

· Constantly in motion

Is it really Attention Deficit Disorder?

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