DSM-V relaxes maladaptive criteria of ADHD

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When reviewing the list of criteria for ADHD in DSM-V, I concluded that on occasion I meet all of them. The only reason I do not claim ADHD is that none of the symptoms I see in myself I consider maladaptive. This is why the criterion of "significant impairment" is so essential in psychiatric diagnosis:

What is perplexing is the decision to replace the requirement that symptoms be associated with clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning to what appears to be a clearly lower threshold. As you are probably aware, there are many who believe that ADHD is simply a medical term inappropriately attached to children who show largely 'typical' behavior. With DSM-IV, one could argue against this by noting that the diagnosis was not made unless symptoms significantly impaired the child's functioning in important domains. Thus, the condition was reserved for individuals who struggled substantially because of their symptoms, which justifies regarding the symptoms as manifestation of a disorder and not typical behavior […]
If clinicians make a careful effort to follow the new guidelines, as the developers of the DSM-V would certainly want, it is difficult to imagine how the rates of ADHD diagnoses will not increase


Quoted excerpts come from the following reference:

Title: New Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD (2013): Subtle but Important Changes

Author: David Rabiner, Ph.D. Research Professor, Duke University

Date: June 2013

Link: http://www.helpforadd.com/2013/june.htm

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