Good response to the adult onset question
I interviewed Dick again, seeking proof of his childhood ADHD. Some things were suggestive, but nothing very definite. On the other hand, Dick has tended to be oblivious to his symptoms. When he finally got diagnosed as an adult, he had answered “no” to all of the psychologist’s questions; fortunately, his wife was there, and corrected most of the no’s.
He denies any sleep apnea or sleep deprivation (his wife was not present).
Dick talked about doing well when there are a lot of different conflicts going on, and not well when things are quiet and calm. He says that he never has procrastinated, and then talked about sometimes not getting to things when there are more interesting things to do. He never misses deadlines (deadlines are one of the things that do turn on our focus centers). He does do well on Adderall.
I think Dick is an example of high intelligence and compensating strategies, which covered up his symptoms until he got into situations that uncovered them.
Do you have any insights or ideas about this? Is there such a thing as adult onset ADHD?