The purpose of this research is to bring an awareness to the ongoing epidemic in the misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. ADHD is a well-known childhood disorder that is compiled of three major divisions: Inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive, and combined. To date, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 6.4 million children diagnosed with ADHD (Center for Disease Control and Protection, 2017). This research seeks to answer the underlying question of How does the lack of communication between parents, children, and physicians contribute to the abundance of misdiagnosis among children? By discovering the reasons and providing substance to the acclaimed breach in communication, in diagnosis, it will allow a better resolve to children who suffer from this disorder.

Keywords: ADHD, misdiagnosis, children, communication

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Sharon Lancaster

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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