High Prevalence of ADHD: How Best can we Identify Cases of ADHD from the General Population?Francisco Balbuena*
Department of Psychology and Experimental, Universidad de Huelva, Avenida Tres de Marzo s/n (Campus de El Carmen), Spain
- *Corresponding Author:
- Francisco Balbuena
Professor, Department of Psychology and Experimental
Universidad de Huelva, Avenida Tres de Marzo s/n (Campus de El Carmen)
Huelva, 21007, Spain
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 27, 2016; Accepted date: January 06, 2017; Published date: January 13, 2017
Citation: Balbuena F (2017) High Prevalence of ADHD: How Best can we Identify Cases of ADHD from the General Population? Bipolar Disord 3:111. doi:10.4172/2472-1077.1000112
Copyright: © 2017 Balbuena F. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The high prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) demonstrated in the last decades in the child and adult population carried us to examine how best we can identify cases of ADHD from the general population. In doing so, we note that different methodologies are used for obtaining data, as well as different diagnostic criteria. An additional finding of considerable interest for this line of reasoning is the medicalization of ADHD. Our assumption is that this tendency for prescribing certain medications is caused by the relentless pressure of pharmaceutical companies and not only as a result of clinical judgment.