Mental Health in America: Misdiagnosis of ADHD in Young Children

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Northern Kentucky University
"The issue I'd like to address is the over medication of children and adults I see in our society today, by starting with answering the question of misdiagnosis of ADHD in young children. I'm interested in this issue because it affects so many of us around the world in 2016 alone there were 2.4 million children diagnosed with ADHD from ages 6-11 in the US alone. I began my research by selecting two academic disciplines that are at the forefront of the diagnostic process. I continued by choosing a discipline that would provide the best solutions. The answer was to promote change in the evaluation process by focusing on policy and laws. If we can change the length of the evaluation and make it more intimate we can decrease misdiagnosis and potentially avoid over-medicating our youth. The future implications would be seeing adults that are capable of coping without medication and removing the dilemma we have in front of us today."
2021 Celebration of Student Research and Creativity presentation
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Diagnostic errors, Medication abuse