ADHD- but what really is the diagnosis?

“The main question at this point is whether phenotypic characteristics such as inattention, anxiety, depression, and overall executive dysfunction represent epiphenomena arising from common disrupted brain regions or pathways, or whether each DSM diagnostic entity should be understood individually as possessing discrete biological signatures. Current knowledge points to the former.”

Analysis:  This was a very nice article showing how the manifestation of various symptoms of mental health disorders may have common cause(s) or etiologies.

Caution:  Although there are strict criteria for psychiatric disorder diagnosis, physicians must consider a wholistic and personalized method to the successful management and treatment of an affected individual rather than using a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/836219_3

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