Australia is responding to the complex challenge of overdiagnosis

George Mendelson
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50211
Published online: 17 June 2019

To the Editor: I read with interest the article by Moynihan and colleagues1 and commend the authors on their timely review of this important topic. While the article referred to research that had highlighted concerns about overdiagnosis in relation to several medical and surgical conditions, the only psychiatric condition mentioned was attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

  • Monash University, Melbourne, VIC


Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

  • 1. Moynihan R, Barratt AL, Buchbinder R, et al. Australia is responding to the complex challenge of overdiagnosis. Med J Aust 2018; 209: 332–334.
  • 2. Conrad P, Mackie T, Mehrotra A. Estimating the costs of medicalization. Soc Sci Med 2010; 70: 1943–1947.
  • 3. Mulder RT. An epidemic of depression or the medicalization of distress? Perspect Biol Med 2008; 51: 238–250.
  • 4. Breslau N, Kessler RC. The stressor criterion in DSM‐IV posttraumatic stress disorder: an empirical investigation. Biol Psychiatry 2001; 50: 699–704.
  • 5. Kleinman A. The normal, the pathological, and the existential. Compr Psychiatry 2008; 49: 111–112.


remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Online responses are no longer available. Please refer to our instructions for authors page for more information.