By Kristin Stanberry
If your child has Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), some attention and behavior problems occur at home as well as at school. Even in the best circumstances, managing AD/HD can be an overwhelming - and exhausting - task for you and your child. And for many kids who have AD/HD, their struggle is complicated by a having a secondary psychiatric disorder or a learning disability.
When a child has another psychiatric problem in addition to AD/HD, his behavior and moods can be especially difficult to manage. If you're a parent, the thought of your child having more than one disorder can be frightening. If you're in this situation, be aware you have plenty of company. An estimated 40% to 60% of kids who have AD/HD also have at least one other psychiatric disorder. But be assured that help is available for you and your child. Professionals who are trained in childhood disorders can help you determine whether your child has a problem in addition to AD/HD.
The following conditions often affect kids who have AD/HD. The symptoms listed are intended only as a guide; diagnosis requires professional assessment.
A child or adolescent who is depressed may:
A child who suffers from generalized anxiety may:
A child who suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a specific type of anxiety disorder, may:
A child who has Oppositional Defiant Disorder often may:
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