Getting to the Root Problem:

Doctors will tell you that your child has a diagnosis, and maybe even write you a script for a main steam therapy or medication, then send you on your way.  However, if you are going to fix your child's issues, you need to ask, “Why do they have this?”  “What is causing these symptoms?” 

 

A mental health diagnosis is given when people have enough symptoms on a given checklist.  There is no blood work that they can order or definitive test for these conditions.  The list is totaled and it is determined that your child has a given disorder based on symptoms alone. 

Let’s step back a minute and ask what is causing these symptoms…  Could there be another medical condition that causes similar issues to what your child is experiencing? 

Other Conditions to Rule out:

There are many other medical conditions that have psychological and neurological symptoms.  Don’t just assume that your PCP has ruled all of these out.  The medical and psychiatric branches of our medical system rarely communicate.  If your child is having psychological symptoms, you are sent to a psychologist to get a mental health diagnosis.  However, these clinicians aren’t able to order blood tests or rule out any underlying medical causes for the same symptoms.  This is why it is so important to see a DAN doctor, Integrative Physician or a Developmental Pediatrician as soon as possible.  

Medical Conditions and Their Behavioral Symptoms:

Allergies

  • brain fog

  • irritability

  • hyperactivity 

  • difficulty paying attention, or confusion

Diabetes

  • confusion

  • mood and emotional problems

  • disorientation

  • depression

Hypoglycemia

  • headache

  • irritability

  • sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason

  • clumsy or jerky movements

  • difficulty paying attention, or confusion

Lyme Disease (PANS)

  • OCD

  • restrictive eating

  • tics

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • aggression/ rage

  • ADHD

  • sensory sensitivities

  • separation anxiety

  • hallucinations

Anemia

  • weakness, dizziness or tiredness

  • lack of energy

  • shortness of breath

  • palpitations and rapid heart rate

  • pica – desire to eat non-food materials like mud, chalk, paper, clay or ice

  • loss of appetite

  • developmental delays

  • behavioral disturbances

Celiac

  • ADHD

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • irritability

Hyper- or Hypothyroidism

  • appetite change (decrease or increase)

  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

  • fatigue

  • heart palpitations

  • irritability

  • mental disturbances

  • nervousness

Metabolic Disorders

  • abnormal withdrawal

  • aggression

  • poor memory

  • poor performance at school

  • learning disabilities

  • seizures

  • poorly articulated speech

  • poor coordination

  • fatigue

Mitochondrial Disease

  • migraines

  • seizures

  • developmental delays

  • neuro-psychiatric disturbances

  • dementia

  • autistic-like behavior

  • mood disorder

  • cognitive impairment

  • psychosis

  • anxiety

PANDAS/ PANS

  • OCD

  • restrictive eating

  • tics

  • anxiety

  • mood swings

  • depression

  • aggression

  • developmental regression

  • hand writing changes

  • choreiform Movements

  • ADHD

  • sensory sensitivities

  • separation anxiety

  • hallucinations

  • urinary frequency

  • anorexia