The Rapidly Increasing Diagnosis of ADHD
So many of us today are inundated on our TVs, phones, iPads, and computers with information on any given topic. The struggle is determining the veracity of this information. Parents of students who are struggling in school are often conducting research on the internet to further educate themselves on any given topic regarding their child.
A recent Good Morning America segment by Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez (link is external) purported that a 20-year study found that ADHD rates have increased dramatically over the last twenty years. Dr. Bracho-Sanchez states- that “the newest criteria allow for the diagnosis to be made if a child has symptoms of either inattention or hyperactivity that interfere with his or her quality of life—as opposed to previous criteria which required the symptoms to be present in multiple environments.”
Both the previous DSM-IV and the current DSM-5 require the symptoms to be present across environments—an individual does not have ADHD while only in the classroom...
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