Is ADHD Diagnosed Too Often?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2007 approximately 9% of children in the United States were given a diagnosis of ADHD. Moreover, rates of diagnosis have been increasing in recent years, causing some scientists, parents, and educators to wonder if some children are being misdiagnosed.

The debate surrounding potential misdiagnosis of ADHD is complicated; indeed, there may not be a singular reason why rates of diagnosis are increasing. It is clear, however, that for many children and adults ADHD is an impairing neurobiological disorder that diminishes their quality of life. As a result, it’s important for each person to get individualized, thoughtful care from a healthcare provider like a psychologist. With the help of a psychologist, people living with ADHD can develop a treatment plan to help improve their lives. To learn more about ADHD please visit our ADHD page.