New research is demonstrating that a revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disordersobserved (DSM) criteria might yield more accurate diagnoses of adult ADHD.
Many individuals with ADHD also suffer from rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) – an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception—not necessarily the reality—that they have been rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in their life. RSD can negatively impact social interactions, relationships and job performance.
A study conducted in Finland is demonstrating how ADHD symptoms can persist from childhood into adulthood with negative consequences if left untreated. It is a rare look at the progression of ADHD symptoms. The study findings underscore the importance of diagnosing and managing both childhood and adult ADHD.
There is a large, ongoing crisis that gets surprisingly scant attention in the media or from politicians. It is pervasive throughout the nation, affecting every demographic. It exacts a huge toll in terms of human misery, ruined lives and financial cost to society. It is the ACE crisis. Fortunately, we as individuals can play an important role in combating the toxic effects of childhood maltreatment.
Recent research shows that about 60% of adults with ADHD have comorbid psychiatric conditions including: mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. The presence of these other conditions can often complicate the process of diagnosing and treating ADHD in an adult. Early recognition and treatment of ADHD and its comorbidities has the potential to change the trajectory of these psychiatric conditions later in life.