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Title: Prevalence of symptoms of scotopic sensitivity/Meares-Irlen syndrome in subjects diagnosed with ADHD: Does misdiagnosis play a significant role?
Contributor(s): Loew, Stephen  (author); Watson, Kenneth  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Previous investigations of the visual-perception disorder scotopic sensitivity syndrome (SSS), also known as Meares-Irlen syndrome, have identified several clinical features of symptom manifestation which are strikingly similar to those found in attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We surveyed the incidences of nine widely-recognised symptoms of SSS in individuals (n = 76), of whom one sub-group (n = 12) was comprised of subjects diagnosed with ADHD by qualified healthcare providers. The prevalence of each SSS symptom in the ADHD sub-group was compared to a second sub-group of diagnosed SSS individuals (n = 18), and also to a group of appropriately matched controls (n = 46). The data showed a remarkable lack of significant variations between the ADHD-diagnosed and SSS-diagnosed groups. In contrast, highly significant variations between the ADHD-diagnosed and control groups were clearly evident. The degree of symptom overlap between the ADHD and SSS disorders may be far stronger than previously reported and it is likely that many individuals with SSS may be misdiagnosed with ADHD.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 8th International Scientific Conference Research in Education and Rehabilitation Sciences
Conference Details: 8th International Scientific Conference on Research in Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia, 27th - 29th September 2012
Source of Publication: Book of Abstracts, p. 254-254
Publisher: Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb
Place of Publication: Zagreb, Croatia
Field of Research (FOR): 170103 Educational Psychology
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920501 Child Health
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: Scientific series
Series Number : Book No. 22
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