Is ADHD overdiagnosed? And if so, why?

A study from Germany, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and reported in EurekAlert provides very interesting insight into how diagnoses of ADHD are made.  More often than not, they are based on the child’s gender as well as the gender and impressions of the diagnostician, rather than on the use of standardized clinical criteria.  Apparently if we see what we expect to see, we don’t look any farther for confirmation.  Not very encouraging news for our clients!


2 Responses to “Is ADHD overdiagnosed? And if so, why?”

  1. 1 Brock April 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Funny because it’s actually under-diagnosed in adults. Lots of us deal with ADHD into our adult years, which causes problems in relationships and at work, but people assume it’s just a “kid’s disorder”.

  2. 2 Catherine Ellen Marucci June 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I do find it worrying when children are diagnosed in settings in which they simply are not getting enough physical activity. They have a certain requirement for movement and expending of energy that I think many of us adults forget about as we become more comfortable with the art of resting.

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