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Scientific evidence has supported the existence of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder for decades, yet critics often question if it’s a valid condition. There is no doubt that the symptoms associated with ADHD are real, and though science has proven ADHD to be a real brain-based disorder, many still deny it’s existence. The debate continues; Is ADHD a real medical condition? Is it over-diagnosed? Is it under-diagnosed? Or is ADHD merely an excuse for disruptive behavior?

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Diagnosing a child or adult with ADHD is harmful. The symptoms associated with ADHD are strikingly similar to other disorders, or could be caused by other conditions, such as depression or anxiety. The diagnosis of ADHD should be discontinued by health professionals, as it undermines other possible conditions.
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ADHD is confused with other disorders

ADHD is not a valid condition, and is frequently confused for other mental disorders. The signs and symptoms of ADHD are very similar to other disorders, causing a misdiagnosis. The repeated diagnosis of ADHD can be harmful, as it may be putting an easy solution or label on a condition that should be more closely monitored.

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The symptoms associated with ADHD are similar to other brain-based disorders. Since the symptoms are so similar, ADHD may be confused for other conditions. Symptoms include restlessness, difficulty concentrating on a task, and frequent mood swings. These are all closely related to other disorders as well, leaving the possibility to have a misdiagnosis.[1] Research has also suggested that ADHD goes hand-in-hand with other disorders and illness. Those who are diagnosed with ADHD have a co-existing condition, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and even personality disorders. [2] If these individuals diagnosed with ADHD already have a pre-existing condition, it would make sense that the symptoms associated with ADHD are from their original diagnosis alone. Why is it necessary to give multiple diagnoses? Millions of people are diagnosed with ADHD. With such shockingly high numbers, especially in children, many researchers and psychologists have presented the theory that ADHD does not exist. It is often confused with other disorders that have mirroring signs and symptoms.

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Misdiagnoses happen quite often, as many symptoms of one disorder are sometimes closely related to another. For example, bipolar disorder is often mixed up with depression or anxiety disorders, causing bi-polar disorder to be under-diagnosed. The same goes for ADHD. Individuals who were previously diagnosed with an anxiety disorder are often diagnosed with ADHD later on. This mistake can often confuse the patient, as they did not previously receive the correct treatment. Unfortunately, these mix-ups occur quite often, as symptoms of one illness tend to overlap with others. This common mistake doesn’t mean that ADHD doesn’t exist at all. Yes, there are several misdiagnoses, and while many could argue that the disorder is under or over-diagnosed, the same could be right for several different conditions.

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  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/adhd-misdiagnosis#sleep-disorders
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/adult-adhd/symptoms-causes/syc-20350878
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