I thought about making this thread mostly because of several threads I have read on the topic of AS/Autism, where many people seem to be of the opinion it is being over diagnosed and misdiagnosed just to get someone a label.
This is not the only thing, there seems to be growing amounts of children diagnosed with ADHD/ADD where I'm sure some of those cases are just lack of parental control or other circumstances.
The last one I'm going to bring up is dyslexia. Now dyslexia and another learning disability dyspraxia should be nearly as common as each other. How come then hardly anyone has heard of dyspraxia (teachers included!) and virtually no-one knows somebody with it - I only know of a few other people, but everyone seems to know somebody with dyslexia. Does this mean dyslexia is being overdiagnosed?
Interestingly there is a significant overlap between dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and AS which may have contributed with people being diagnosed with more than one.
So what do you think:
Are professionals being to quick to slap a label on somebody without investigating?
What effects do you think this has?
Personally I think the over diagnosis of some conditions seems to trivialise people's view of them, thus making it hard for people who really have a problem with them.
Note: this was written by somebody who is living in the UK, I am aware that if you live somewhere else then the conditions may have different names. (If they do can you please notify me so I can add it in.)