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American Psychiatric Association to alter ADHD guidelines to further increase diagnosis rates
As bad as all this over-diagnosis is, the situation is only going to get worse once the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known as DSM-V, gets published. According to an analysis of the latest proposed changes to the manual, many more children will be falsely diagnosed as having ADHD due to the inclusion of excessively-liberal diagnosis criteria.
“These wording changes newly diagnose individuals who display symptoms of ADHD but continue to function acceptably in their daily lives,” reads an analysis of the proposed changes to DSM-V as published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. Such changes include things like allowing ADHD symptoms to appear before age 12 rather than age seven in order to make a diagnosis; expanding the list of eligible symptoms considered to be indicative of ADHD; and changing the requirement that ADHD symptoms “impair” everyday activities to the much more inclusive word “impact.”
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