Questions Abound About ADHD
A follower asked if children outgrow ADHD. Research shows that 50% of children with ADHD will “grow out of it” by late adolescence. This means that they might still have some symptoms but the symptoms are fewer and mild enough that they would no longer meet criteria for an ADHD diagnosis.
The research also shows that their brains do not change to normal but do improve in that direction. Those who have been treated with stimulants show more brain improvement, but still don’t attain “normal.”
For the 50% of us who continue to have the full syndrome, our brains did not change but our symptoms do moderate somewhat. This is presumably due to some brain maturation and to our learning how to cope, getting strategies. For example, hyperactivity usually becomes less and manifests more as fidgeting.
Controversy O the Day:
There are some reports of adult onset ADHD but I have found no substantiating data and I do not believe it. Almost by definition, we are born with ADHD.
Irrelevant Note O the Day:
I’m experimenting with different ways to post an image to facebook. Maybe one of these will work. I think perhaps demonic forces are working against me.