Experts warn against ADHD misinformation on social media (includes video story)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders. It affects millions of children, and symptoms can persist into adulthood. 

Despite its prevalence, medical experts say misinformation about the disorder on social media may put people at risk.

“If everybody starts identifying themselves as having ADHD then, really, what is the disorder that we’re talking about here?” said Dr. Anthony Yeung, a clinical psychiatrist from the University of British Columbia. “Where are we drawing the line?”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ADHD diagnosis is a multi-step process. The first step is to reach out to a healthcare provider to find out if one’s symptoms fit the diagnosis.

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