It seems pediatricians these days are very quick to diagnose their patients with ADHD these days, but the following story has us thinking twice…
At least, that’s what Kara Anderson thought when doctors confirmed her son was acting up due to ADHD, according to WSB-TV. But this didn’t sit right with the mother. Docile 9-year-old Ian had been calm and easy-going his whole life and then, in a matter of months, he turned into a terror.
Despite multiple doctor’s visits and a boatload of routine tests, all doctors agreed the boy was suffering from behavioral and emotional issues. The official diagnoses was ADHD and bipolar disorder, and while it explained the bad attitude, acting up, and sudden mood swings, it didn’t explain the headaches or vomiting the boy had been suffering from for too long.
So Mom kept pushing and the answers were startling. After a brain scan, the results came back that her son had a large tumor pressing on his brain, the part of the brain, in fact, that controls behavioral issues. Ian had a brain tumor, a Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. The rare tumor only affects 250 children a year.
Ian had a large amount of the tumor removed back in October and he’s been on the rebound since then, but Mom is still shaken up by how easily the cause went misdiagnosed.
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[Featured Image: Kara Anderson]