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It is difficult to distinguish between ADHD and ODD, according to Ashley Warhol, Psy.D. director of clinical services and internship training at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Mass. and R.I..

Behavioral disorders: accurate diagnosis proves challenging

By Phyllis Hanlon

Children placed in residential care present with a variety of behavioral disorders, sometimes with more than one. Determining a specific diagnosis can be daunting for the clinician. Ashley Warhol, Psy.D is director of clinical services and internship training at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – MA & RI. She said that the two most common diagnoses she has seen at Devereux are attention deficit hyperactive disorder and oppositional defiant disorder, although others do exist. “We are starting to see an increase in disruptive mood dysregulation disorder – or DMDD,” said Warhol. “Some DMDD is seen as the youth version of bipolar [More]