Was Lindsay Misdiagnosed?
First Published: August 20, 2010 4:13 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Lindsay Lohan reportedly does not have a drug problem and was misdiagnosed.
According to TMZ, doctors at the UCLA Medical Center rehab facility reportedly believe that the actress does not have a drug problem or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Dina Lohan’s declaration last week on the “Today” show, where she said Lindsay would leave rehab early, may come true. Dina has maintained all along that Lindsay does not have an addiction problem, a claim the TMZ report appears to back up.
The judge on Lindsay’s case could modify her court-ordered stint in rehab as early as next Wednesday.
Although Lindsay was known to have been using a number of prescription drugs, Michael Lohan claims his daughter was previously misdiagnosed with ADHD and mistakenly prescribed Adderall to treat it.
In July, Michael Lohan sat down with Access’ Maria Menounos and discussed his daughter’s prescription drug use.
“So were any of these medications warranted?” Maria asked.
“Never,” he said. “Not in a million years.”
Lindsay’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told Access on Friday, “She is mentally and physically strong and healthy,” but the lawyer would not confirm a possible ADHD misdiagnosis.
Access also spoke to addiction specialist Ken Seeley (who does not treat Lindsay) on Friday. He agreed that Lindsay may have been misdiagnosed, but is skeptical of the idea that she is not suffering from a form of addiction.
“In the past years, physicians would look at [ADHD] and they would just give them the Adderall to see if it would work. Nowadays, they’re a little bit more up to speed on looking more detailed for those symptoms,” Ken said. “Once you cross the line from abuse to addiction, you’re an addict. I would say she needs some kind of accountability for a minimum of a year. And that’s really when she’s going to benefit… because the disease is going to kill her, and I’m afraid we’re going to be here one day talking about her funeral.”
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