Over-diagnosis: harming the perfectly healthy

By Margo White In Health

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The over-diagnosed have always been among us, although they haven’t tended to get much attention, generally having been overshadowed by the under-diagnosed and the misdiagnosed. Increasingly, however, researchers are calling attention to medicine’s ability to not only treat the sick but also harm the perfectly healthy. Caring, it turns out, can be dangerous. “Give a child a label of ADHD and you will have affected that child’s personal narrative forever,” says researcher Ray Moynihan. “You have fundamentally changed that person’s perception of themselves.” ...

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