Adult attempts to fake ADHD foiled by tests

The congress was told that up to a third of adults diagnosed with ADHD were “faking it”, often 18- to 24-year-old students seeking a neurocognitive advantage from drug treatment.

Dr Danielle Florida, of the Langton Centre, Sydney, said non-medical use of stimulants was twice the rate compared to pain medication and three times the rate of benzodiazepines.

Retrospective clinical history was easy to fake, as were all the standard adult scales, she said.

“They’ve taken every one of the standard adult scales we use for ADHD and tested them with controls and simulated malingerers, and the