For example, some college students seek special accommodations for taking tests; others may want stimulants for abuse, misuse or diversion. Fortunately, doctors can detect fake ADHD in several ways. If an adult is self-referred for ADHD and asks specifically for stimulant medication, that raises the possibility of fake ADHD and drug seeking. Because the issue of stimulant misuse has been mostly a concern on college campuses, many doctors treating college students will require independent verification of the patients ADHD symptoms by speaking with a parent, even over the phone if an in-person visit is not possible. We teach that in our FREE online CME courses on ADHD in Adults.
These have shown some utility in studies of young adults but are not ready for clinical practice. Identifying students faking ADHD: Preliminary findings and strategies for detection.
In fact, if you Google “fake ADHD” you’ll get many pages of links including a Psychology Today article on the topic and bloggers describing how they were able to fool doctors into giving them ADHD medications. I say that because we have decades of research that show many objective measures of abnormality and impairment in people who say they have ADHD. Detection of malingering in assessment of adult ADHD. Suhr, J., Hammers, D., Dobbins-Buckland, K., Zimak, E.
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