According to a recent research, children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased more than 10 percent over the last 20 years. ADHD is seen mostly in children from minority groups. Moreover, possibility to access better mental health treatment and health insurance from the Affordable Care Act might have added to increase ADHD to a certain extent. During this period, the rate of diagnosis was multiplied in girls and was much lower in boys.
But, the researchers say they haven’t found any evidence assuring frequent complaints that the condition is misdiagnosed or over-diagnosed. Among the various developed countries, the U.S. has more incidence of ADHD, which lead various researchers to think Americans are over diagnosing children. According to the lead author of study Dr. Wei Bao, don’t think that over-diagnosis is the main issue.
However, those doubts are still intact as per Dr, Stephen Hinshaw, co-authored a book in 2014 named, “The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance,” when compared to ADHA to depression. In one of his interview, he said that neither condition has clear biological sign. Therefore, it becomes hard to determine if a patient truly has the condition without involving into any lengthy psychological evaluations. The symptoms of ADHD include impulsivity, fidgety behavior, and inattention.
He also added by saying that, the probability is not of true epidemic of ADHD, but might be for diagnosing it.