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It may not be a misdiagnosis exactly. It’s only very recently we are starting to understand anxiety, depression, OCD, ODD, emotional dysregulation, or the nine or so identified types of ADD, are all related. It’s why you hear so often that ADHD people are also dealing with comorbid conditions. It’s all variations of Executive Function Disorder. Saying “variations” doesn’t mean we are all dealing with the same issues. A person with ADD isn’t the same as someone with, say, clinical depression. But all of these issues are centered in the prefrontal cortex.
The best docs aren’t just using a scale. That’s important because some people will try to game the system to get stimulant meds. The scale should be a starting point.