Problems Linked to ADHD

Any child can suffer from depression, anxiety, or learning problems. These problems can exist along with ADHD or by themselves. Only through careful evaluation can the likely cause of a child’s symptoms be found. To ensure a child receives appropriate, effective care, parents, school personnel, and medical providers need to share observations and cooperate in the child's treatment plan. Below are three serious problems that require coordinated care.

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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.


It is normal for children to have fears. But extreme 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 The child may be restless, overactive, or withdrawn.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, even if a teacher gives clear oral instructions, the message may not register in the child’s mind. As a result, the child may struggle with one or more school subjects.

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