ADHD: DISORDER OR SUPER POWER? Part two | Erik Young Counseling LLC
II. The problems with the diagnosis The DSM-V is the official manual of mental disorders. If you have a formal diagnosis of ADHD (or any other mental health disorder), then it should flow from the criteria laid out in that book. Here is what the DSM-V says about ADHD. DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD People with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development: Inattention: Six or more symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months, and they are inappropriate for developmental level: Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities. Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly. Often does not follow through on instructions and