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Monday, October 03, 2011

Adult ADHD - The Canadian Alliance Symptoms



It's not often that a top selling newspaper offers so much print space to fantasy. The Canadian Globe and Mail have excelled themselves with a recent article about Adult ADHD.

It's got the usual anecdotal story of a person who say's it's real...adding that it is "a legitimate diagnosis included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and recognized as a disability by government bodies such as Revenue Canada."

Well, if it's in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders then it must be real, right?

The article, which I cannot even be arsed to research deeply, contains a link to CADDRA [The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance] who list the following symptoms as possible signs of Adult ADHD.

**Please note, these have not been made up as some sort of joke.


Adults may not recognize lifelong problems as symptoms of ADHD. Those who can relate to several of the following red flags may have the disorder:


• A history of impulsive behaviour and difficulty regulating attention.

• Problems with time management (keeping appointments, completing projects).

• Checkered work history and low productivity compared with potential.

• Anger issues (argumentative with authority figures, episodes of rage).

• Marital problems (spouse complains that he/she does not listen, forgets important events).

• Being over-talkative, interrupting frequently, speaking too loudly.

• Parenting problems (inadequate household routines, inconsistent or over-controlling as a parent).

• Money problems (impulsive purchases, bankruptcy, failing to pay bills or do taxes).

• Substance abuse (especially alcohol or marijuana) or excessive caffeine use.

• Addictions (collecting, compulsive shopping, sexual addiction, overeating, gambling).

• Unsafe driving (speeding tickets, serious accidents or being over-cautious to compensate for attention problems).

• Being the parent of a child with ADHD.

Yup, it appears CADDRA have pretty much cornered the market. Incidentally, CADDRA will be holding a two day conference at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre on October 14, 15 and 16. I wish they would have held it a few moths ago when I was out in Toronto, I would have loved to have gone...then again, chances are I would have fallen asleep during the talks of the white coated posse. Falling asleep doesn't mean you are tired or bored any more, it means you have ADHD...because the buffoons in white coats said so.

Fid


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