Adhd Misdiagnosis Essay

1193 Words Jun 4th, 2016 5 Pages
ADHD misdiagnosis a trend in commentary ADHD has become your dime a dozen catch all diagnosis in adolescence
Understandably of course it's a money making machine between the cost of therapy, medications, and depending on the medication weekly to monthly blood draws. There's lots of money to be made off of people diagnosed with ADHD. More than that though, is that it's become sort of a trend. “Few topics have generated as much public concern as the diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outpatient visits for ADHD jumped from 1.6 million to 4.2 million per year from 1990 to 1993” (ADHD—Overcoming the Specter of Overdiagnosis. (2002). ADHD has
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ADHD can have its benefits. An individual with ADHD has access to medications some individuals would seek these medications for recreational use. Another potential benefit would be extra times for tests or free tutoring services. Surprisingly you can also claim social Security disability using ADHD as a reason. These are very tantalizing reasons to go to your doctor and put on a show. The problem with this, is that it draws away from the individuals who were truly suffering with ADHD it calls into question whether ADHD is an actual disorder or just a social standard. By over diagnosing something like ADHD and then revisiting those diagnosed with it and realizing that they weren't actually suffering from disorder it starts to put a label on it. People now see it as a way to get their hands on schedule II drugs. A way to get extra privileges above everyone else and that intern starts to become resentment and disregard to those individuals who are actually suffering from ADHD. If we are understand this trend and the rise of ADHD miss diagnosis as a whole then we should take into account several factors that come into play. Media coverage of ADHD that seen a significant rise in the past years magazine such a as Time are doing articles about it. Many agencies such a as the CDC (Center for Disease Control) have started raising awareness of the issue. Organizations are being formed to Gardner support and raise awareness. Other groups and

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