Why deny ADHD as a valid condition?

Some doctors don’t think the diagnosis of ADHD is valid. Why? There can be many reasons:  Maybe they want to sell lots of books?  Everyone can appear distracted or hyperactive at times so there is misunderstanding of what is really going on.  The symptoms of ADHD change through life but most continue to have hyperactivity of the mind.

Deny ADHD as Valid

It was first believed that children outgrew the disorder because it didn’t “appear” they had any impairment later in life.  As time goes on we understand the disorder better and know that you don’t have to be physically hyperactive to have ADHD.

There is no single test for the disorder.  The affects of the disorder are evaluated by testing symptoms and brain functioning.  If this disorder isn’t fully understood a doctor will tend to diagnose a more superficial symptom or condition.

Some cautiously avoid discussion because they don’t know or understand enough to confidently diagnose.  Mis-diagnosis and prescribing a stimulant with addiction potential and street value is something they may not be comfortable doing.

A concern you may have is getting an ACCURATE diagnosis of what is going on. ADHD is not easy to diagnose, there is no one test or scan that is reliable on its own. There are also a lot of other things that cause similar symptoms and need to be ruled out as the cause. Here is an article that may provide some information on how you will proceed.

Getting an ADHD Diagnosis: 3 Common Mistakes

If you are looking for an evaluation for a diagnosis see a specialist.

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