The following is part 1 of an excerpt from Frank Barnhill's MD book, Mistaken for ADHD on how to diagnose ADHD the wrong way.
“If you bungle raising your children, nothing else much matters in life.” — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
At medical conferences, I’m really shocked when I overhear doctors discuss how easy it is to make an ADHD diagnosis and when I hear them say it only took them ten or fifteen minutes.
Research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry (Zametkin 1993) points out what for years has been obvious to ADHD doctors: no objective test exists to make a diagnosis of ADHD; it thus remains a clinical (observation) diagnosis.
Therefore, you should be aware of these medical facts:
ADHD cannot be diagnosed by a CT or MRI brain scan.
ADHD cannot be diagnosed by any single psychological test.
ADHD is a complex disorder, with more than fifty conditions that can mimic it. So I have to ask the obvious question, “How can you rule out all these conditions in only ten or fi fteen minutes?”
What’s more, how can you really know everything you need to know about a child’s or adult’s life in a mere fifteen minutes and then say, with certainty, that he or she has ADHD?
Let’s deal with a dose of reality! If your child’s doctor diagnoses him or her as ADHD in ten or fifteen minutes—or even sixty—you’re in trouble. If the ADHD doctor you have chosen to evaluate and treat your precious child for this life-altering disorder makes an ADHD diagnosis in fewer than two office visits, run, don’t walk, out of his or her office.