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ADHD and overdiagnosis

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Melchy

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In my opinion, yes, ADHD is over-diagnosed along with a plethora of other 'mental health' issues. Recently, there have even been claims that ADHD doesn't exist and that if anything medical is indeed wrong, it's something else.

In the US, there is a bounty for identifying children with ADHD. Is it any wonder that 20% are diagnosed? In the UK the financial benefits available to parents of children diagnosed with ADHD run into the hundreds of pounds per month. Anybody brave enough to discuss the question of ADHD with these parents gets a barrage of abuse back when they feel that their source of money is being threatened.
 
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firemonkee57

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I guess it does raise a question as to where the boundary of what constitutes a mental disability/disorder/illness should be set. There are problems with over diagnosing and under diagnosing.
 
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Melchy

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According to DSM V 'sadness' is now a mental health illness.
 
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Weishen

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I'm the UK and adhd was under diagnosed when I was at school no one wanted to touch the subject I got diagnosed at age 30 and given concerta xl but I couldn't deal with the meds due to anxiety disorder and depression I would of liked to be diagnosed as a child and maybe I wouldn't of left a barrage of destruction in my path and made some awful choices. I think soon as money is involved eg bonuses for amount diagnosed then with it comes greed and over diagnoses. Just my opinion but you are right alot of kids seem to have it these days
 
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