An underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism can cause a child or teen to have the symptoms of ADHD, thus confusing the real diagnosis leading to ADHD misdiagnosis.
In the past three months, we’ve evaluated four children and teens for failure to respond to their ADHD medications… Read the rest, only to discover they all suffered from the same problem; low thyroid hormone levels.
Just like me, you might wonder why we saw so many children and teens who were supposed to be ADHD, but instead were suffering from hypothyroidism in such a short time. After taking a second-look at these cases, I discovered they had several things in common.
In each case, the kids and teens:
Were inattentive and had a difficult time focusing
Were making pretty good grades, but teachers and parents thought they were capable of much more
Were thought to be withdrawn, depressed, or shy
Had some increased impulsivity-maybe a little more than normal for their age
Had quit playing a sport or playing with friends because of fatigue or muscle weakness
Had a poor appetite, but didn’t lose a lot of weight
Felt cold most of the time
Slept too much or were sleepy during class or