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Is it Actually ADHD?

Assessing the Cause of ADHD Symptoms First

Pat Pernicano • 6/27/2014

Schools and physicians don’t seem to understand the ways in which trauma leads to symptoms that resemble ADHD. Thus, we all need to ask the right questions and dig a little deeper in creative ways to find out what may be troubling the child, so that our treatment is effective and not just a surface remedy for a misdiagnosis.

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Rush to Judgment: Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

Pat Pernicano • 5/12/2014

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.


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Is it Actually ADHD?

Assessing the Cause of ADHD Symptoms First

Pat Pernicano • 6/27/2014

Schools and physicians don’t seem to understand the ways in which trauma leads to symptoms that resemble ADHD. Thus, we all need to ask the right questions and dig a little deeper in creative ways to find out what may be troubling the child, so that our treatment is effective and not just a surface remedy for a misdiagnosis.

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Case Study

Rush to Judgment: Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

Pat Pernicano • 5/12/2014

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.


Magazine Article
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Pat Pernicano, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Louisville, Kentucky. She teaches part-time at Spalding University and treats children and families in Clarksville, Indiana. Her most recent book was Using Trauma-Focused Therapy Stories: Interventions for Therapists, Children, and Their Caregivers.