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Old 08-11-08, 10:01 AM
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Re: Growing out of AD/HD?

Do people grow out of ADHD?

Not really. I often term it as a friend for life. The symptoms will likely change however. The current diagnostic criteria in the DSM are for children.

If it is truly ADHD, then as one matures the disability will still be there but will usually express somewhat differently. For example few adults act as if they are "driven by a motor" or "often runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate".

Much study is being currently done on developing good adult diagnostic criteria for the new DSM due in 2010. We shall see what comes of it. Russell Barkley in the thick of it and this bodes well for getting a good usable diagnostic tool.

Based on experience and the research, I strongly feel that if one is impaired by ADHD as a child then impairment will be present in the adult. The symptoms may change and the individual may find more or less successful ways of dealing with the the symptoms but they will still be there.

If, as it overwhelmingly seems, it is a primarily heritable disorder, then the basic underlying causes cannot go away. They are part of the individuals gene set which is constant throughout life.

Really good question.

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