The problem of ADHD overdiagnosis

Educational psychologist Anita Decaires-Wagner says that while Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be overdiagnosed globally, this might not be the case in South Africa because of a shortage of resources.

Decaires-Wagner was speaking on #NightTalk with Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, after a study by researchers in Taiwan found that cases of ADHD among children are vastly overdiagnosed.

Listen below for the full interview on #NightTalk:

Decaires-Wagner says that children tend to display different characteristics of ADHD at different times.

The study from Taiwan finds that the percentage of children who are charged with ADHD changes depending on a child's month of birth.

For a period of 15 years, the researchers surveyed 378 881 children between the ages of four and 17 in Taiwan.


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