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Response to mmbrevo (Reply #29)

Sun Apr 15, 2018, 09:51 AM

40. You're right about that. Especially with something like ADHD.

In actuality, it is so rare in adults as to be statistically negligible. But I have more patients claiming a diagnosis of ADHD than can be explained statistically. So they were either misdiagnosed by another medical provider, or else they diagnosed themselves, and report it to me as a prior clinical assessment.

It's a little dismaying to have to conclude that for some patients, diagnosis of a particular condition, however rare or improbable, is a key to their identity. I have patients who can't wait to tell me they have fibromyalgia or ADHD, or what have you. And it isn't always in an effort to secure a desired medication. There are patients who have a frantic need to believe that they have a certain disease, even if their medical profile, associated past medical history, or physical exam don't support it.

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