Overdiagnosis of ADHD a Myth, Researchers Say

A review of research on the ADHD diagnostic process found no evidence to support the notion that ADHD is overdiagnosed in school-age children.

Monday August 27th - 8:57am

Two researchers at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania reviewed recent prevalence studies and research on the ADHD diagnostic process, and found no evidence to justify the misconception that ADHD is systemically overdiagnosed.

According to the DSM-IV, about three percent to five percent of young children meet the criteria for ADHD. Despite this and other mounting evidence that ADHD is a real medical condition, many people persistently believe that symptoms are overwhelmingly misidentified as ADHD.

The authors evaluate the research for and against overdiagnosis of ADHD in the November issue of the Journal of Attention Disorders.

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