Are the symptoms from ADHD or the meltdown cycle?
In a world where you can whip out your phone and Google whatever you want,
We are often a victim of information overload.
This can be especially challenging when you are trying to figure out what the heck is going on with your kid.
Between pinterest pins from mommy blogs giving out “expert” advice,
Clinicians evaluating your child based on a 30 minute conversation,
Your own gut knowing that that things you’re trying aren’t quite working,
And your mother in law’s unsolicited advice…
Not to mention that ANYONE can make a podcast now.
How can you really tell the difference between two similar looking diagnoses?
Today, I’m going to talk about ADHD and the Highly Sensitive Trait.
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For families with high school aged teens:
Let’s get one thing straight.
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Sensitivity are two different things.
If your child is Highly Sensitive, that does not mean they are on the Autism Spectrum.
I’m referring to something I read a few weeks ago while scrolling away on Instagram.
I saw a “Wellness Coach” claim that the Highly Sensitive Personality trait is just a way for therapists to downplay someone’s autistic traits…
Which is simply not true…
And science proves that.
It’s important to note that this individual in particular was not speaking from their own experience of an autism misdiagnosis…
So this is an example of how harmful (and easy) it can be to spread false information.
Tune in for a scientific and historical lesson on the difference between ASD and SPS.
For Highly Sensitive Teens:
Your Highly Sensitive Child has a higher risk of developing a mental health diagnosis simply because the personality trait is not part of mainstream parent guidance nor covered in graduate school for mental health professionals.
Be sure to understand WHY your HSC has a diagnosis of Anxiety or ADHD, and isn’t just misdiagnosed because your local provider is not familiar with the trait.
Learn the difference between Highly Sensitive Children, Anxiety, and ADHD in my interview on a summit HERE.
The last thing you want to do is put a label on your child’s permanent record that dictates an ineffective path for supporting your child through her major struggles. Working with a professional who is unfamiliar with the Highly Sensitive personality trait is not effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety or determining whether your child is diagnosed effectively.