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ADD for All by Joseph E. Davis.

When I see these prevalence rates going up to fifteen — almost twenty percent in the adolescent male population — I can’t believe that represents real cases of ADHD. But how does that get there?” This is the million-dollar question, and raised by no less an establishment figure than the psychologist C. Keith Conners. One of the early pioneers and leading lights in the study of children’s hyperactivity and attention problems, Conners is best known as the author of the Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scales, the most common symptom instruments used by doctors in evaluating children for ADHD. At the 2015 meeting of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders, he attended a seminar on “Measuring ADHD Prevalence — Controversies About Overdiagnosis,” and when the panelists were finished, asked his question. For the umpteenth time, the specter of overdiagnosis was raising its head and Conners, arriving late to the controversy, wanted to know how the number of kids diagnosed could have risen sky high.

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