Study finds significant increase in ADHD diagnosis by pediatricians than psychiatrists

 

Study just released April 1st by the journal Pediatrics shows that communities lacking child psychiatrists, where pediatrician diagnosis mental health conditions have a significant increase in ADHD diagnosis and prescriptions given for mental health issues. 

Dr. Alexander Fiks, who is the lead researcher in this study found that children at medical practices in areas without psychiatrists available were 40 percent more likely to have a mental health diagnosis in their medical records; they were also 60 percent more likely to be given a psychiatric drug, including antidepressants and stimulant medications for ADHD.

Suggestions for reducing misdiagnoses are for parents to:

  1. Start with researching a child psychiatrist familiar with diagnosing ADHD
  2. If none are available then interview your pediatrician to find out how familiar he/she is with the diagnostic criteria and conditions to be ruled out.  
  3. Follow up with a second opinion especially before starting on medication.  
  4. Start with safe non-invasive supports such as food allergy testing and Neurofeedback. 

 

"For parents of children with mental health symptoms, it's important to be sure their pediatrician is "comfortable" with diagnosing and managing psychiatric disorders"  – Dr. Alexander Fiks

"For parents of children with mental health symptoms, it's important to be sure their pediatrician is "comfortable" with diagnosing and managing psychiatric disorders"  – Dr. Alexander Fiks

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