For more than two decades now, the prevailing cultural narratives around ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) centered on suspicions of diagnosis and overtreatment. A significant rise in ADHD diagnoses in the ’90s sparked concerns that continue to this day about overmedicated young boys or affluent (often white) parents allegedly gaming the system by  paying for unnecessary diagnoses that let their kids take advantage of special accommodations intended for students actually impaired by the disability, like extra time on tests. But often, what these oversimplifying cautionary tales leave out is how many marginalized and underprivileged people are left chronically underdiagnosed and undertreated. While methods vary, a majority of studies on the topic find significant demographic disparities in whose ADHD symptoms get missed or improperly diagnosed and treated. 
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