The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is just published. Yawn. The effect on the diagnosis of ADD or ADHD is minimal, mainly a change from the symptoms had to be present from before 7 years old to some of them had to be present before 12. This catches people like me, who had some mild symptoms early which grew worse later, but I didn’t really hit the wall till college – school was easy up till then tho I certainly had behavioral problems from 4th grade on.
The whole DSM V seems to me, so far, to be a waste of time and effort, straining to produce an elephant and coming out with a gnat (is that the right metaphor?). And the heated controversy over nit picking details also seems a little silly; does anyone other than researchers actually use the thing?
The DSM V, and the controversy around it, seems to me to illustrate again, that tho we have gained a lot of knowledge about mental illnesses, what we don’t know far outweighs what we do know. For example, the part on depression is pretty good, but the schizophrenia part is silly – clearly schizophrenia is several different illnesses, but that is not addressed in DSM V nor in most research, which is therefore also mostly a waste of effort. We still mostly are describing clusters of symptoms rather than truly being able to diagnose true specific illnesses.
Still this is better than nothing and we are becoming more able to help more people in spite of these limitations.
I am a psychiatric physician.
I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better.
Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD
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Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book).
This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year.
As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation.
Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them.
The Bully was published in January, 2016.
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