Do I really have ADHD?
Obviously we’ve all heard about this ADHD problem that is apparently a pandemic these days. It has made us all curious enough to go search ADHD on the web, glance at the definition on Wikipedia, WebMD, PubMed, etc. But all the definitions and lists of endless symptoms do not shed light on WHY so many people of all ages are exhibiting symptoms. The answer is simple: we aren’t asking the correct question.
Lets first look at the accurate definition of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
According to the DSM-5 the essential feature of ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It goes on to define the manifestation of inattention as behaviors such as:
- wandering off tasks
- lacking persistence
- having difficulty sustaining focus
- being disorganized
The Hyperactivity in ADHD refers to:
- excessive motor activity (such as a child running about) when it is not appropriate
- excessive fidgeting, tapping, or talkativeness
- extreme restlessness
- wearing others out with their activity
Impulsivity refers to hasty actions that occur in the moment without forethought and that have high potential for harm to the individual. This may reflect a desire for immediate rewards or an inability to delay gratification. Impulsive behaviors may manifest as:
- social intrusiveness (interrupting others excessively)
- making important decisions without consideration of long-term consequences
So, are these all the criteria for diagnosing ADHD? The answer is no. There are many other considerations to take into account. For example, when did these behaviors start? Was it before the age of 12? Do the manifestations of the disorder present in more than one setting? Is there a mild delay in language, motor or social development? And many more.
Then who really has ADHD? Because if it is according to the symptoms list, that includes pretty much everyone.
The truth is that most people do not have true ADHD. In fact, ADHD presents as a specific pattern when looking at ones Qualitative Electroencephalography (qEEG/brain map). However most people whom complain of having the symptoms of ADHD, and whom undergo a qEEG, do not fit the patterns presented in true ADHD. Which means that the symptoms that they are experiencing are presenting because of other imbalances of their brain waves.
That is why at Quantum Holistic Health Center, we do not diagnose clients. We simply look at what the scientific data (qEEG) shows us as far as where the problem is, and target that area for treatment. No matter what symptoms you have, if they fit the labels of ADHD or not, we will find the source and reason(s) in your brain map.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.