Can giftedness mask ADHD?

Second, high ability can mask ADHD, and attention deficits and impulsivity tend to depress the test scores as well as the high academic performance that many schools rely on to identify giftedness.
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Can ADHD be masked by high IQ?

High IQ may “mask” the diagnosis of ADHD by compensating for deficits in executive functions in treatment-naïve adults with ADHD.
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What does ADHD look like in a 5 year old?

ADHD causes kids to be more inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive than is normal for their age. ADHD makes it harder for kids to develop the skills that control attention, behavior, emotions, and activity. As a result, they often act in ways that are hard for parents manage.
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Do I have ADHD or am I just lazy?

ADHD & Laziness Are Not the Same

The truth is that people with ADHD often come across as lazy because their minds move too fast. Before getting an ADHD diagnosis, people with this problem have trouble focusing. Their minds work overtime, but they have difficulty completing tasks on time.
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What feels like ADHD but isn t?

Some people who struggle with focus believe they have ADHD. But other factors, such as depression, anxiety and poor sleep, can cause similar symptoms. As a therapist for over 25 years, I have seen a dramatic rise in teens and adults struggling with attention and focus.
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ADHD, IQ, and Giftedness

At what age does ADHD peak?

The symptoms may peak in severity when the child is seven to eight years of age, after which they often begin to decline.
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Are you born with ADHD or do you develop it?

Most experts agree that the tendency to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is present from birth. Yet, ADHD behaviors are often not noticed until children enter elementary school.
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Is ADHD inherited from the mother or father?

Is ADHD inherited from Mom or Dad? You can inherit genes that boost risk for ADHD from your mother, from your father or from both parents. In a recent Norwegian study, inherited risk was somewhat higher when a child's mother had ADHD compared to their father, but researchers weren't certain why that would be.
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What does high functioning ADHD look like?

While not an official diagnosis, high functioning ADHD may describe individuals with ADHD symptoms that do not affect their daily activities. Symptoms may include difficulties with focus, time management, impulsivity, and more. These individuals may develop strategies to manage their symptoms.
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What are childlike behaviors of ADHD?

They squirm in their chairs; they run when you tell them to walk; they stop in the middle of cleaning their room to play with their toys. These are all normal parts of being a kid. But some of these behaviors can also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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Can people with ADHD be super smart?

ADD/ADHD has nothing to do with how smart a person is. Some individuals are super-smart on IQ tests and many score in the average range. Some are much lower. The focus therefore shifts to other methods of improving the way tasks are carried out, or executive functioning.
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When giftedness looks like ADHD?

ADHD AND GIFTEDNESS are sometimes described as having the same or similar characteristics. However, one diagnosis is considered a disability and one, a gift. Neither assumption is ideal in supporting the child identified with either ADHD, giftedness, or both, often referred to as twice exceptional or 2e.
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Do gifted kids have bad handwriting?

Poor handwriting is often used as one indicator of learning disabilities. However, many and perhaps most gifted children will show poor handwriting.
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Is giftedness neurodivergent?

It's giftedness. It's a form of neurodiversity, because it means your brain has more cross-connections than most people.
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Is ADHD caused by trauma?

Older studies have found that experiencing a high number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a significant link to developing ADHD. These may include experiencing highly stressful events such as: abuse or violence.
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Is ADHD A Neurodivergent?

Yes. ADHD can be considered neurodivergent because it's a neurodevelopmental disorder that changes how you think and process information. Scientists believe these differences are due to the unique structure and chemistry of the ADHD brain.
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What is the root cause of ADHD?

The cause(s) and risk factors for ADHD are unknown, but current research shows that genetics plays an important role. Recent studies link genetic factors with ADHD. In addition to genetics, scientists are studying other possible causes and risk factors including: Brain injury.
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Does ADHD get worse with age if untreated?

Most people who have ADHD in childhood will also have it in adulthood. While each person's experience is different, ADHD usually do not get worse with age.
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Is ADHD related to autism?

Autism is very distinct from ADHD, but the core symptoms of ADHD-Combined type, i.e., attention deficit, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, would appear to also be features of autism. ASD and ADHD are neurobiological disorders characterized by similar underlying neuropsychological “deficits”.
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Do people with ADHD age slower?

Mounting research indicates that by midlife, adults who had ADHD as teenagers can be physically older than their chronological age. ADHD and other mental health conditions appear to contribute to certain physical conditions and lifestyle habits that can accelerate aging in one's forties and older.
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What is silent ADHD?

Inattentive ADHD is characterized by, as the name implies, an inability to focus. This is a more subtle symptom than the hyperactive behavior that's commonly associated with ADHD. The mere fact that signs can be so quiet is part of what makes inattentive type ADHD difficult to diagnose in so many cases.
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What disorder is most commonly mistaken for ADHD?

Care must be taken to rule out other conditions that may mimic ADHD
  • Asperger's Syndrome.
  • Attachment Disorders/Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Biochemical imbalances.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
  • Executive Function Difficulties.
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Is ADHD being overdiagnosed?

Findings. In this systematic scoping review of 334 published studies in children and adolescents, convincing evidence was found that ADHD is overdiagnosed in children and adolescents. For individuals with milder symptoms in particular, the harms associated with an ADHD diagnosis may often outweigh the benefits.
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