I’ve been “putting off” doing this post for years now because it’s confusing to me. But it’s time, now or never.
Ever wonder why we ADHDers look so much alike?-Procrastination, distraction, impulsive, etc, but also we can look so different.
Well, we can blame it on genetics; so many different genes can contribute to ADHD so there are many different possible combinations of different genes with somewhat different effects.
Or we can blame it on the DSM, which says we can one of three different types, and combinations of different symptoms, that will qualify us for the official diagnosis- out of 16 possible symptoms, 5 of hyperactive or 5 of inattentive required for adults (6 for children)(you have the mixed type if you qualify for both types. We all have some hyperactive or some inattentive symptoms, and most of us have some of both)
Or we can blame it on statistics. Statistics are a booger.
Below is the formula for calculating the number of possible different combinations of a number of items (such as the symptoms in a list.)
For either the hyper active or inattentive types, there are 4368 possible combinations (IF I did it right)
C = n!/r! (n-r)!
n =total number r = number of each group ! means factorial (4! = 1 x 2 x 3 x 4)
n = 16 r = 5 for our diagnosis
To summarize, there are 4368 different groups of symptoms that can meet the criteria for ADHD diagnosis.
I am so glad to finally get this post done. I welcome any corrections or other comments.
Personal Notes O the Day:
Just a few more of these blogs; ADHD Tip O the Day1000 will be the last. I’m pulling the best of them together in the next ADHD book and I might occasionally post a tip on my facebook page.
It’s hard to cut out things I like to do so I can have some free time, and it’s hard not to immediately find new ways to fill up the free time. Working 0n it.
Quote O the Day:
There are three kinds of people, those who can count and those who can’t.