Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit

What if attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms  are indicators of  sleep deficits?

A recent opinion piece by Vatsal G. Thakkar in the New York Times Sunday Review (4/27/13)  Diagnosing the Wrong Disorder, asks the question, “What if a substantial proportion of cases are really sleep disorders in disguise?  

Thakkar, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the N.Y.U. School of Medicine, raises some important questions and issues. Partly because of personal experience with a misdiagnosed sleep disorder  Thakkar wrestles with the chicken-and-egg problem of causality between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and sleep deficits. He questions whether the presence of the condition gives rise to enduring problems with sleep or whether sleep problems give rise to symptoms that mimic those of A.D.H.D.

Insufficient sleep is no laughing matter. This essay is an important one for post-secondary disability support providers, special education teachers, parents and anyone struggling with A.D.H.D. symptoms or fatigue.

Insufficient sleep also contributes to other serious  health risks as shown in the slide show found here: Sleep Deprivation Effects: 8 Scary Side Effects Of Too Little Shut-EyeHealthline.com  also has an article discussing deprivation:  16 Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Body.

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WINAHEAD is made up of representatives from twenty-nine institutions. Our members are professionals employed by two- and four-year colleges and universities who work directly with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to higher education. WIN indicates the geographic area we represent: Western Iowa and Nebraska. AHEAD is our national parent organization, the Association on Higher Education and Disability.
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