Is ADHD an Overdiagnosed Condition?

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At our Denver clinic, ADHD is a common condition in individuals we work with. However, in recent years, it has been brought to our attention by concerned parents and other professionals that there is much controversy surrounding the frequency of ADHD diagnosis.

Is ADHD Overdiagnosed?

There has been much debate over whether ADHD is presently an overdiagnosed condition. This is largely due to the fact that between the years 2003 and 2011, ADHD diagnosis rose to 43% in the US, creating a new total of approximately 6 million children diagnosed with ADHD.

Whether or not this number is truly accurate is debatable. The answer generally depends on who you ask. Some professionals insist that ADHD diagnosis has become an epidemic, while others hold the firm opinion that the condition is being underdiagnosed and many children with ADHD are still falling under the radar.

However, it is important to note that sometimes underlying mental health conditions can appear to look like ADHD. These include mood disorders, academic giftedness, autism, bipolar disorder, etc.

Because of the wide range of opinions on the topic, it is possible that further research needs be conducted in order to establish a definitive answer to the question of overdiagnosis.

ADHD & Attention Screening

At Emerge, we understand the concerns revolving around ADHD diagnosis. It is, after all, our mission to improve the lives of children and family in the Denver metro area who are afflicted by mental health issues, including ADHD. That’s why when a parent is concerned about the presence of ADHD/ADD in their child, we strongly recommend that an attention screening be conducted.

An attention screening is one of the best ways to identify possible deficits in a child’s attention patterns and cognitive abilities. Through an attention screening, recommendations of action can be provided to parents and individuals. A screening is also a great basis for establishing whether a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is necessary.

Get More Information on ADHD from Denver’s Trusted Professionals

If you have questions regarding ADHD or are interested in scheduling an appointment for ADHD screening in Denver, please contact the staff at Emerge. Our expert front office staff and physicians will be able to provide you with the professional advice and assistance you’re seeking. Call now to schedule an appointment.