Screens for ADHD measure five clusters of symptoms:
- organizing and activation for work
- sustaining attention and concentration
- sustaining energy and effort
- managing affective interference (emotions that get in the way)
- utilizing working memory and accessing recall.
The DSM checklist assumes that ADHD is a diagnosis for children. If you didn't have it as a child, you don't have it now.
Well, okay. I am not qualified to quibble with the American Psychiatric Association about how many angels dance on the head of a pin and when they showed up for the dance. But the problem of diagnosis is this: I can't remember which of their criteria I demonstrated in my childhood. And my mother certainly never noticed any struggles that her brilliant and perfect daughter may have experienced in the early 1960s. I mean, she didn't even notice suicidal depression...
So what do I make of that DSM assumption?