When It’s Not ADHD, What Is It, A Zebra? Frank Barnhill M.D
Many diseases can masquerade as ADHD and many a doctor has made the diagnosis of ADHD without looking for these other Zebras. (A zebra is a horse hiding in tall grass that can’t be seen well because his stripes blend in with the background!) Zebras can be very easy to miss and the consequences can be terrible if a child is diagnosed with a behavioral disorder, yet has a more life-threatening problem.
Let’s take a look at a few zebras that can be mistaking for ADHD. One point I need to over emphasize is that all zebras can occur along with ADHD or behavioral problems and you won’t be able to get a good diagnosis before the Zebra is properly treated.
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