Today I came across a short but relevant article recently called Graves Disease in Teens: Overlooked Too Often. I'm featuring it here to help create awareness of the fact that autoimmune thyroid disease can strike at any age, and in many cases, some Graves Disease symptoms can be mistaken for ADHD. The latter can be devastating if the wrong diagnosis is made.
I get many personal emails from parents who are struggling to determine what is wrong with their children who suddenly don't feel like themselves. They're forgetful. They're tired. They have trouble paying attention. They're anxious.
About 80% of visitors to this blog are patients, and about 20% are caregivers or key family members (mother, father, spouse, etc). What may surprise you is the number of personal emails I get from parents who are inquiring on behalf of their children. Young children. And teens.
I hope the above article helps parents and caregivers understand the potential overlap in symptoms between two different medical conditions: Graves Disease and ADHD. It's definitely a discussion worth having with your child's doctor to ensure a proper evaluation and accurate diagnosis is made.
Are you a parent caring for a a young child or teenager who faced the challenge of helping your child get a proper diagnosis? What advice to you have for other parents who are now in that situation? What approaches with medical doctors helped you get an accurate diagnosis? Share your thoughts and advice below in the comments section.
Thanks to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for the content.