It’s a Common Misdiagnosis
Affecting more than 11 million Americans, attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is an increasingly common condition that’s indicated by hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. Despite the apparent symptoms, ADHD is frequently misdiagnosed and is often to be sleep apnea instead.
Misrecognition is so common that nearly 75 percent of children and adults with ADHD also suffer from sleep problems. Both disorders have similar symptoms, making diagnosis complicated and tricky at times. To get the correct diagnosis, Dr. Robinette recommends undergoing a sleep study so he can provide you with the right treatment that fits your condition.
Symptoms of ADHD & Sleep Apnea
To get an accurate idea of your condition, it’s crucial to recognize the similarities between sleep apnea and ADHD. Various signs of ADHD may include:
- Lack of focus
These symptoms commonly overlap with those of sleep apnea, which is why it’s often misdiagnosed or left untreated. Getting a sleep test is the first step toward tackling your condition and living a healthier, fuller life.
Is Your Child’s ADHD Actually Sleep Apnea?
Over 25 percent of children with ADHD actually have sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Association. The number of children diagnosed with ADHD continues to grow due to its recurring misdiagnosis. Sleep apnea symptoms to look for in your child with ADHD include:
- Night sweats
- Poor attention span
- Behavioral issues
If you recognize these signs in your child, it’s important to seek a sleep study from a sleep pediatrician to ensure their well-being. If your child is diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Robinette can help find the best treatment option suited for your child.
Find an Effective Solution with Dr. Robinette
Hundreds of misdiagnosed cases of ADHD happen each year–don’t let yours be one of them.
Call our Spring Hill office at 931-451-1488 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Robinette. Our exceptional team will help determine the right course of treatment for you and your condition. It’s time to get a better night’s rest.