The child presented (Katie) is suffering from a psychiatric condition, and therefore some diagnostic measures need to be put in place to ensure that the right interventions are put in place to help Katie (Réus et al., 2015). In doing so, differential diagnosis, a treatment plan for psychotherapy and psychopharmacology are essential in ensuring that proper care is given to the child. Differential diagnosis helps in ruling out any condition that may be related to the condition that Katie is suffering from (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The treatment plan for psychotherapy and psychopharmacology helps in ensuring that the child gets the required treatment that will help in alleviating the condition affect the child.
Differential diagnosis is one of the essential steps towards getting the real problem affecting the child. It evident that different conditions mimic Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in their presentation and therefore a thorough analysis is essential regarding running various diagnostic procedures that will help in ruling out certain conditions that may have similar presentations as that one of ADHD (Sadock, Sadock, & Ruiz, 2014). Some disorders can come misdiagnosed for ADHD. Some of these conditions include sleep disorders, depression, and dysthymic disorder. It is therefore essential for the medical professional to run tests that will help in ruling out such disorders to ensure that the treatment measures put in place are for the condition a patient is having.