Dr. Fabiana Franco writes about the potential for misdiagnosis when dealing with unruly, or “difficult” children. While many adults can be quick to label a child with ADHD, a lot of these symptoms may actually be pointing to early interpersonal trauma.
Chronic and repeated early childhood trauma sets the stage for a multitude of challenges that can impact a child’s development biologically, emotionally and cognitively. Early trauma expresses itself not just internally. Many traumatized children act out behaviorally. They may suffer from learning disabilities due to an inability to concentrate in school. It is important to understand that attention problems and aggression against self or others often manifest in children growing up in violent or neglectful households.
To read more about overlap that can occur between ADHD and trauma, click here.
If you suspect that a loved one is struggling with ADHD or early trauma, getting help can be a life-changer.
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