- Written by Dave Pughe-Parry Dave Pughe-Parry
- Parent Category: All About ADHD All About ADHD
- Published: 29 May 2017 29 May 2017
This is a very important section of the website. Most people believe that ADHD is a solitary condition, like flu. If flu gets worse it develops into pnuemonia, which has many forms and some other conditions which make the pneumonia worse.
ADHD is NEVER a solitary condition, it is not like flu, rather it is like pneumonia, it has other conditions that tag along for the ride, and swirl around.
Sometimes the co-occurring condition actually masks ADHD, leading to incorrect diagnoses and therefore wrong treatment.
One big difference between ADHD and pneumonia is that your are born with ADHD and there is no cure, whereas you "catch" pneumonia, and you can get cured of it.
I want to point out that there are currently more than 450 mental disorders - this is a massive amount! I have included an excerpt below from the Wikipedia page which sets out this controversy and provides a current list for you to peruse
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the American Psychiatric Association's standard reference for psychiatry which includes over 450 different definitions of mental disorders. The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) is published by the World Health Organization, and it contains a section on psychological and behavioral disorders. The diagnostic criteria and information in the DSM and ICD are revised and updated with each new version. This list contains conditions which are currently recognised as mental disorders as defined by these two documents.
There is disagreement in various fields of mental health care, including the field of psychiatry, over the definitions and criteria used to delineate various disorders. Of particular concern to some professionals is whether some of these conditions should be classified as 'mental illnesses' at all, and whether they would be better described as neurological disorders, or in other ways.
The excerpt above was found here: Wikipedia List of Mental Disorders
There is another factor that aggravates the issue of so many different conditions; the rise of the number of specialists. ADHD occurs along a continuum, with many different types and flavours. This means that the specialist is looking for his or her condition that they specialize in, rather than looking at the big picture and determining what conditions are present.
In summary, there are four significant factors to take into account in this section, 450 mental conditions, a wide variety of specialists, and ADHD on a continuum, complicate not only getting the correct diagnosis, but getting the correct or appropriate treatment.