Saturday, February 12, 2011
A recent article in the New York Times answered the questions of readers about adult ADHD through the New York Times.com Consult discussion blogs. Dr. Russell Barkley, clinical professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, responded to every question. Dr. Barkley made it clear that the symptoms of ADHD tend to get better as a child grows older or enters adulthood. His research stated that "14 percent to 35 percent of children who had A.D.H.D. could be considered to have recovered or moved to within the normal range by the time they were 27." But the majority of adults with ADHD do not completely outgrow it in adulthood. It is extremely likely that the symptoms will still be present.
Dr. Barkley also reminded people that when a person has a mental illness, were likely to have had ADHD in their youth and the ADHD could have remained in heir adulthood. There is no evidence that adult ADHD kicks in when a person is already developed as an adult. Perhaps, according to Dr. Barkley, "aging does result in a decline in certain executive functions that can mimic some of the symptoms of A.D.H.D.," but that just debunks the concern of developing the disease at a an old age.
With more and more people recognizing ADHD as a serious issue, ADHD is no longer taboo. People are more comfortable talking about it, like in the New York Times consult blog. Blogging about mental illness also will allow people to ask questions without having to pay a visit to a psychiatrist, and their identities remain anonymous to make discussions more revealing. If more people asked questions about other mental illnesses, then families would be more aware of the symptoms and get help for their loved ones if needed.
- Vivian Mikhail