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The State of Adult ADHD Today

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April 20, 2024The diagnostic criteria for ADHD are largely based on studies of young white boys. The symptoms spelled out in the DSM-5 — i.e., Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor” — do not reflect the lived experiences of many adults with the condition.

This gap between clinical guidance and real-life symptoms has contributed to a decades-long problem with misdiagnosis, missed diagnoses, and inadequate treatment for individuals who slipped under the ADHD radar in childhood.ADHD persists into adulthood for up to 90% of children with the condition.

Symptoms evolve and change, but they do not magically disappear. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls ADHD a “public health concern” with long-term repercussions.

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