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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

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Might the inability to focus on mundane tasks include counting, performing simple arithmetic, or perhaps mixing up the meaning of words?
This sounds like symptoms of aLearning disability, which can be associated with ADHD.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

I've posted on this several times in the past, so I won't bore you with repitition.

Please keep in my that ADHD is, among other things, a Developmental Disability;
in that the symptoms represent developmental delays; when compared to same age/gender, non-ADHD peers.

ADHD is also over 80+ % genetic/ inherited.

Most importantly, it is a Dimensional Disorder of Human Behavior, in that the symptoms are behaviors that every human being enages in.

Therefore,what makes it ADHD, as compared to something else?

The answer is : The clinical threshold is "impairment."

" No impairment, No disorder."

The "gold standard" definition of a "Disorder ( Any disorder, not just ADHD)" is by Rutgers Ethics Professor , Jerome Wakefield.

The most succinct presentation is available in the landmark research study : International Consensus 2002.

It's signed off on by over 80 of the world's foremost scientists, and has 19 pages of references on ADHD being a "real" disorder.

There's certainly more than one place to view it, however, it's readily available at :

www.russellbarkley.org

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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

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Meadd823 I tried going to the site you posted "Do you have ADD" but it said I needed to be logged in...
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

The diagnosis is easy and obvious... how about an ADHD "Assembly Line" Diagnosis Center. Cut the psycho crap and get people help as soon as possible. Therapy can be done at nauseum for the rest of our lives, but diagnosis needs to be done NOW!
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

The diagnosis is difficult.

Far too many clinicians don't read a word of research,which means they'll get the wrong

diagnosis most of the time.

IMPO, nothing's worse than a misdiagnosis.

Anecdotally, I've never seen a "False Positive ( you really don't have it)."

All I've ever encountered are "False Negatives ( you really do have it)."

If you don't know what works, because you haven't bothered to look,

then you're more than likely to "do harm" to the client.

One of the things we (clinicans) pledge to do is "Do No Harm" to the client.

This is a compelling question that's close to my heart.

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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

I agree about the importance of proper and thorough diagnoses, not only to ensure that the person gets correct treatment, but also because it increases the validity that the disorder has, so it will not be so questionable to all those 'normal' people.
I have seen a couple false positives with school ages students. One child began taking an adhd med around 2nd grade, i started to work with her in 10th grade. Shortly after, she stopped taking the med because of the side effects, our main goal was treatment of anxiety. Lo and behold, after treating the anxiety, her grades improved significantly more than they ever had while she was taking the medication. Sad that she was not diagnosed correctly 8 years ago.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

Just a note...

The information at the top of this thread, starting with the line "An adult with ADHD has a different complex of symptoms than a child does," is not sourced and may not be reliable. For example, I've found no corroborating information related to "uncontrolled arousal".

For more established information, I recommend the following links:

National Resource Center on AD/HD: Diagnosis of AD/HD in Adults
National Resource Center on AD/HD: Social Skills in Adults with AD/HD
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

boaring? I had to laugh..I hope you dont take offense..but my sister has her facebook status as "I'm board" all the time...boaring- pertaining to a wild swine boring- irritability brought on by lack of stimulation or object to focus attention upon that stimulates.
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

"Bore" as in .... " to make weary by being dull,repetitive,uninteresting,and monotonous."

I've posted on this numerous times over the years,so it can get old after awhile.

I get it and I think it's funny too.

No offense taken.

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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

I think I have hyperactivity and impulsivity, but I'm not sure.

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Is anybody willing to give me a one-on-one test or something?
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

wellwell says could they be hiding their ADD? In my 1.5 years of self-research after my diagnosis, I have come to discover just like with my hearing loss in my left ear, I have "conditioned" myself about many things to survive. Hiding my ADD? As best as we all can, we try to. Then you get to the age of 41 and you have had as many jobs as years of your life.

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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

So I guess a score of 117 means I might have ADHD!!
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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

If 117 is your IQ, it means you'll probably never get picked for a jury.

As for ADHD, I honestly don't know.

Either way, welcome to the FORUM.

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Re: Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

I couldn't see these posted on the forum anywhere, but they're a new set of criteria proposed by Dr Russell Barkley, for the DSM V - whether they'll make it in, is anyones guess. But personally, in adults, I find them far more concise.
  • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli (DSM-IV)
  • Often makes decisions impulsively (EF)
  • Often has difficulty stopping activities or behavior when he/she should do so (EF)
  • Often starts a project or task without reading or listening to directions carefully (EF)
  • Often shows poor follow-through on promises or commitments made to others (EF)
  • Often has trouble doing things in their proper order or sequence (EF)
  • Often more likely to drive a motor vehicle much faster than others (excessive speeding)(EF)
  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities (DSM - optional)
  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities (DSM - optional)
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