Surprise! 1 in 4 Diagnosed Adults Fake ADHD

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Throughout college, everyone these days knows a handful of young adults who have told their doctors they feel a bit impatient or restless (the "impatience" in this scenario being a laziness and the "restlessness" being code for, "Hey, let me push this during finals week so I can make an easy dollar"). The doctor more often than not diagnoses the patient with ADHD and complies to their "needs," handing over a cherished year's worth of Ritalin or Concerta, Adderall if they're lucky. And while the large majority of us have at least once swallowed the magical pill that makes even the most boring of tasks seem epic, nobody should really be surprised to hear that 1 out of every 4 adults diagnosed with ADHD was probably faking it.

According to a recent article published in the Clinical Neuropsychologist, 22 percent of the 268 patients who took part in the study either embellished or faked their ADHD related symptoms.

Paul Marshall, lead author of the study, found that those who exaggerated their claims most likely had some degree of ADHD, yet found it suitable to make their own symptoms look worse in front of the examining doctor for various reasons. Most, however, were probably doing it in hopes of accessing concentration-boosting prescription pills.

ADHD is a tricky thing to diagnose. But the issue here is clear: claiming to have ADHD is far too easy nowadays, and the disability has somehow morphed into a trend that nearly anyone can be part of, or in this case, fake. Marshall himself suggested this, stating, "A lot of people think they have it because they are struggling, but it's not because of ADHD... Often times, it's simply depression, anxiety or lack of sleep."

In MSNBC's take on the subject, they asked, "Why would someone want ADHD medications so badly?" Well, here are a few possibilities: Because it makes you invincible. Because it makes brick walls interesting. Because it makes food and sleep unnecessary. And because even besides the fact that it very well might just be a placebo after all, it's still easier to get than heroin off the internet.

[atimm@villagevoice.com]


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Lori Harton
Lori Harton

It has been stated that 30-50% of children with diagnosed ADHD (really diagnosed) continue to have symptoms in adulthood.  Just as many powdered cocaine addicts love Adderal an Metadate and Ritalin XR, snorting it all day long.  We need better diagnostic tools.  The DEA has taken it on themselves with quotas on manufacturers of amphetamines.

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symptom diagnosis online

Thanks for sharing this information. I think ADHD can be easily diagnose by recognizing some symptoms. You can also research the symptoms of ADHD online.

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adderallfun

Everyone I know who has a prescription for Adderall "embellished" their symptoms in order to get a prescription to party on. Call it whatever you want, faking, embellishing...etc. This is not to say that millions of people do not suffer from ADHD. Nor is it saying that these drugs are not effective. Its simply saying something anyone from the age of 21-35 probably already knows.... a few Addys on a night out is a cheap, effective substitute for your various stimulants out there....cough coke, cough. I mean, nothing can beat a good line, but the smurfs do their job when asked.

Bobcat665
Bobcat665

This article is pure sensationalistic trash and a complete misrepresentation of the facts in the study. There is a segment of the population who will exaggerate symptoms for just about anything just to ensure they'll get the medication, regardless of whether it's truly neede or not. These types of individuals are doing themselves and others a great disservice over the long term.

bl1y
bl1y

I read a study that about 10% of students abuse ADHD drugs, either by faking symptoms to get a legit prescription, or from buying them on the black market.

Hlerner51
Hlerner51

Total Bullshit. The study never said they faked ADHD. It said "those who exaggerated their claims most likely had some degree of ADHD, yet found it suitable to make their own symptoms look worse in front of the examining doctor for various reasons" That's not faking sx's it's embellishment, something that 1 in 4 patients do with any doctor. (ie. cold or flu symtpoms ear ache.

This is another Scientology anti-ADHD ploy

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