Types of Over-diagnosed conditions


Types list: The list of types of Over-diagnosed conditions mentioned in various sources includes:

  • Alzheimer's disease - often diagnosed when other causes of forgetfulness or dementia are the cause.
  • ADHD - the overuse of the drug Ritalin for hyperactivity symptoms is well-known; but ADHD may be underdiagnosed in adults.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - more commonly diagnosed than other diagnoses such as Celiac disease or Crohn's disease.
  • Middle ear infection - acute otitis media may be over-diagnosed in children because doctors perceive ear membrane redness as diagnostic.
  • Sinusitis - Various other conditions such as common cold, flu, and asthma can lead to some level of sinus passage inflammation, that does not necessarily warrant a full diagnosis as sinusitis.
  • Lyme disease - Some sources claim that Lyme disease is now becoming over-diagnosed rather than under-diagnosed, because it is now more well-known than in the past
  • Anxiety disorders - Overdiagnosed versus simple anxiety, stress, or other less serious conditions.
  • Depression - May be overdiagnosed when the true cause is grief, relationship break-up, or some other life event causing sadness.
  • Postnatal depression - The postpartum mood changes known as the "baby blues" are not always the more severe "postnatal depression" diagnosis.

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