Adult ADHD Revisited — ADHD Tip O the Day 987

My ADHD Brain at Rest

A break from the relationship posts, but more to come.

The Am. Psychiatric Assoc. is revising the DSM V, including the criteria for diagnosing ADHD.  Many changes are recommended.  The current criteria were written for children and tweaked to apply to adults.  The new edition, DSM V TR, is scheduled for release in March, 2022.

Using current criteria, research still shows about 8% of children have ADHD, half of whom no longer meet criteria after adolescence, but still have some symptoms and abnormal brain imaging and neurochemistry.  So we members are the tribe are different, but there are a lot of us, 4 % of the population.  If the criteria are changed, these numbers will probably change but I doubt if by much. 

The link below addresses the inadequacy of current criteria for adults and suggested changes.


Suggestions for  ADHD Criteria

Welcome to the new members to the tribe!


Other Links:


Adult ADHD

Comprehensive Review of ADHD in Adults


“No, I don’t like to put medicines into my body.”

-and before my ADHD medication.

Untreated ADHD










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About doug with ADHD

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. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) 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. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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5 Responses to Adult ADHD Revisited — ADHD Tip O the Day 987

  1. Pingback: Combinations and ADHD Symptoms — ADHD Tip O the Day 997 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. rammkatze says:

    Thanks, Doug, needed the laugh from the comics! Really did…
    And for people who claim that “they didn’t have ADHD in my day”, I like telling them how I couldn’t do long division, so my sister who was a teenager when I was in elementary, explained it to me, filled a whole notebook with long division exercises; and then she tied my ankle with a rope to a big marble table and closed me in the room with the Notebook until I solved everything. And after that grueling afternoon, the exercises were solved, most of them were wrong, it didn’t cure my ADHD and to this day, I still can’t do long division. So, their argument is invalid. :p
    Fun fact: I actually have a knack for math and physics. It’s only when I have to memorize certain steps that have no discernible logic to them (long division, I’m looking at you…) that I get into trouble.


    • ram
      yes, long division is a booger. fortunately i doubt if you ever need it. i do think some of the things we learn in school but never use are valuable, just for the knowledge or awareness, but i cant explain or defend this view. and requiring math is a significant factor in the dropout rate.
      it’s interesting and impressive that you are good in math and physics. wish you could come teach here, we are very short of teachers.
      as always, appreciate your contributing
      best wishes,

      Liked by 1 person

      • rammkatze says:

        I think math – even when not used later on – is important to develop a certain sense of logic. I’m not a fan of when people say it’s rubbish to force children to ok learn it (not you), because you do need it later on if you chose a science path. And you can neither make children decide at a young age what they defenitely want to be doing when they grow up (although the Germans certainly try….), nor can you say “ok, so you want science, so let’s start with the very first math basics at the very ripe age of 18“ (exaggeration to make my point somewhat understandable). And yet I do believe it’s a booger, because no matter what some teachers insist, no matter how good or inspiring teachers are: some people just aren’t very good at math. And that’s ok! They – like me – usually aren’t good at memorizing a bunch of facts. So well… Some people have to suffer through math and people insisting the “just need to…”, I had to suffer through history and have to suffer through people insisting “You just have to…” 😛


      • ram
        we’re really on the same page here. but you explained it much better.
        thank you
        best wishes


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