Entering the DSM, adult ADHD

Some children never grow up

Here it comes, here it comes! In the forthcoming revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is likely to be listed as a disorder.

Hocus pocus is expanding. 30 or so years ago doctors came up with the ADHD tag in order to get kids to display behavior less typical of childhood, and to buckle down for schoolwork.

Kids labeled with ADHD grow up. These kids labeled with ADHD often grow up into adults labeled with ADHD. Duh! What other role would you expect for them to assume in life?

Doctors want to change the disorder manual to take care of this deficit in their sweep for human beings bearing this label. As an article in Boomer Health & Lifestyle, titled ADHD Becoming More Prevalent Among Adults, explains:

Currently, the DSM describes ADHD as a disorder of children. According to Dr. Steven Cuffe of the University of Florida, the proposed changes to the DSM will describe what ADHD looks like in older teens and adults, the Times reports.

What did I say about buckling down for schoolwork?

Children with ADHD exhibit such symptoms as failing to complete schoolwork and being disruptive in the classroom. Symptoms in adults with ADHD can include trouble meeting deadlines at work and interrupting someone who’s speaking.

If you’re a bad student or a bad worker, have no fear, you can get an ADHD diagnosis, and once you have one, your ADHD must have made you perform poorly! As parents are no longer responsible (i.e. “mental disorder” did it), here’s another reason for taking a permanent vacation from good child rearing practices. How bosses will manage without state subsidies for their ADHD impacted workers, you tell me.

The number of adults expected to be diagnosed after the proposed changes go into effect is not yet known, but it’s likely that number will go up. A few years ago, ADHD was said to affect an estimated three to five percent of children. That figure is now up to six to eight percent.

So, folks, now you have an excuse for any sloppy job you happened to have pulled off in a totally unsatisfactory manner. A “brain disease” must have made you do it like that.

Adults with the ADHD label are going to be counted, and out of this count they will get a statistical number, and it will be a number that can only rise. The future of ADHD seems assured. As if there had ever been a doubt.

Alright, now what this has to do with real disease and real medical treatment, again, you tell me.

5 Responses

  1. I don’t think ADHD is a “disease,” but I do think it can be other issues.

    For children, parenting can be improved in many cases –


    Also, looking at the whole body, for such things as sensitivies (cerbral allergies), particularly with foods, culprits that create symptoms, an poor nutrition overall –


    But you’re right, it’s not a “disease” as Mary Ann Block, D.O. explains in her Congressional testimony (while providing valuable information about integrative medical approaches –

    “ADHD” may have more to do with intestinal absorption, the gut, rather than a “brain disorder,” as Natasha Campbell-McBride explains –


    As far as adults, I think adults can have problems with these same “symptoms”… They are symptoms, but not a stand-alone “disease”… They can be treated in a variety of ways, and a person can get well, and stay well.

    But not with psychiatry.
    Which only shuts down the higher functioning of the brain, while insulting the body in the process.

    Be well,

    Duane Sherry, M.S.

    • Apparently a lot of things could be going on that aren’t ADHD. You’ve got a terrific video there with a lot of good information on it, Duane. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. I think it would be fair to say that Dr. Mary Ann Block (cited above) would agree.
    In fact, the name of her book is, ‘No More ADHD’.
    She explains that “ADHD” was nothing more than a “floor-vote” at an APA conference.

    Rather than dismiss everything as political, I like to point people to integrative approaches that promote wellness, better overall functioning… with the belief that people in this world do suffer from various “symptoms”, but that are ways to help promote healing.

    Duane Sherry

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