The diagnosis of Adult ADHD has often been hard to make for many doctors who aren’t experts in ADHD. This relates to the fact that the criteria for the disorder are primarily written based on how the condition appears in kids. So, many of the diagnostic criteria don’t apply well to adults.
We now know that approximately 4% of the US adult population has ADHD, though most people have trouble finding a doctor to diagnose them, and provide them with the treatment to help them.
Experts are currently reviewing the diagnostic criteria in the DSM. The new version – the DSM-5 will be coming out in the next year or two. In this report, a scientist is reported to say that the criteria for adult ADHD will be adapted in the new version of the manual. This will likely help adults with ADHD to get the diagnosis that they need – and no doubt it will also raise concerns by the skeptics that too many adults are being diagnosed. I will likely welcome the change – because it is my impression that it will likely improve things for adults with ADHD more than it will hinder or harm.
What do you think?