ADD, ADHD, ODD, LD, ASD oR Traumatic Brain Injury?
In my practice we see many children who have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ODD, LD, ASD and many other acronyms. The central or common behavioral difficulties shared by many of these children include problems with attention, problems with learning, problems with getting along with others, oppositional and defiant behavior, and problems with impulse control. Based on the specific combination of these “problematic” behaviors as judged by parents and teachers, the health care provider – physician, psychologist, school counselor, and the like – attach one or more of the above acronymic labels and recommend “treatment”. The treatment usually includes a dangerous medication, a special school program and often counseling to help the family cope with the problematic child.