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ERIC Number: EJ907776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Specific Cognitive Deficits in ADHD: A Diagnostic Concern in Differential Diagnosis
Gupta, Rashmi; Kar, Bhoomika R.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v19 n6 p778-786 Dec 2010
We present a critical account of existing tools used to diagnose children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and to make a case for the assessment of cognitive impairments as a part of diagnostic system. Surveys have shown that clinicians rely almost entirely upon subjective reports or their own clinical judgment when arriving at diagnostic decisions relating to this prevalent disorder. While information from parents and teachers should always be carefully considered, they are often influenced by a host of emotional and perceptual factors. It increases the possibility for misdiagnosis of a condition like ADHD. Recent experimental literature on ADHD has identified unique underlying cognitive dysfunction, specific to ADHD. Therefore, we propose that there is a need to incorporate information on cognitive mechanisms underlying ADHD and inculcate such information in the diagnostic system, which will provide a more sensitive as well as specific tool in differential diagnosis of ADHD. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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