Controversies Surrounding ADHD Diagnosis

Stories regarding whether ADHD is real or a made-up psychiatric disorder.Stories regarding whether ADHD is real or a made-up psychiatric disorder.

Is ADHD a made-up disease, a plot developed by the drug companies to sell medications and make more money? Some people think so.

Are teachers and schools contributing to the problem by ordering parents to have their children evaluated for ADHD and put on stimulant medication just so they can have a calm classroom? There are many parents who would say "yes."

Over the last 15 years, with the growing numbers of children taking ADHD medications, the actual diagnosis of ADHD has continually been brought into question. Below are some articles which focus on the controversy of whether ADHD is real or just a ficticious diagnosis.


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APA Reference
Tracy, N. (2008, April 22). Controversies Surrounding ADHD Diagnosis, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Last Updated: February 14, 2016

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