clinically significant ambiguity
October 30, 2012 4:22 PM Subscribe
How successful is "too successful" for a person to have untreated adult ADHD? On the CDC website
one criteria is "IV. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning." What counts as a "clinically significant impairment"?
posted by cupcake1337 to health & fitness (14 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
ADHD is suppose to inhibit a person's ability to succeed, however you want to define it, in school, their social life, family, work ... maybe a few other areas. But, if you've had some success, can you really be diagnosed with ADHD?
For example, if you graduate high school could it still be said that you have ADHD? What about college? Graduate school? If you can have a job for a one year, does that mean there is no way you can have it?
My point is: where do you draw the line? Is there some standard, or is it just a matter of opinion? Personal stories from people who have been diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood, or people who got checked out, but weren't diagnosed would be appreciated.