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ADHD – This Is Our Time

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Fifty years ago there was no ADHD diagnosis. Now that has changed. It didn’t come about suddenly, the history of the ADHD diagnosis is long and storied.

That history has included many names and descriptions over decades and centuries of documentation.

But we now have a diagnosis that is verifiable and, if not perfect, growing more accurate all the time.

What have we grown from?

Thirty years ago it was thought that ADHD was a childhood disorder. Wow, I can’t, from my vantage point, imagine someone explaining to me that my symptoms now must be gone because I’d reached puberty, become an adult, and outgrown them.

But I guess that’s what happened. Somehow the changes we go through must have been perceived as symptom remediation.

An example might be the reduction in jumping, bouncing and running that seems to occur in ADHD primarily hyperactive types between the ages of 15 and 30 being seen as a reduction in hyperactivity. But those of us who experience this reduction can also tell you that we still tap our feet and drum our fingers, we rarely sit still for any length of time, we commit to many things that we cannot possibly manage to complete.

We’re still hyperactive, we’ve just internalized much of it. It looks like we’re less hyperactive when compared to our younger selves. I can assure you that I still bounce, jump, and run on the inside … and you’ll see a little of it on the outside too, if you’re watching closely.

Flung far and wide

Twenty years ago there were only a few of us adults with diagnoses, and we were few and far between. But since the criteria for diagnosis has become more commonly known, adults with ADHD are being found everywhere. And since the rate of occurrence is close to ten percent that means that one out of every ten people you meet on the street is potentially one of us.

Where do the one in ten hang out?

Oddly enough, if you have ADHD, you tend to become friends with others who are similar in nature. As a person with ADHD, you might be surprised at the score results if you were to successfully entreat your posse to take a ADHD rating test. I’m not saying they’d all be diagnosable, but I’d be very surprised if they didn’t all have some questionable traits. We tend to admire the fun things in ourselves when we find them in others.

Then … there was a distraction

Fifteen years ago we were all discovering the internet and how easy it was to become distracted out there. It was like there had been no natural habitat for us, so they created one.

Ten years ago social networking was starting to take over the information superhighway. And we are nothing if not social. We may say and do inappropriate things in social settings, but we almost always keep going back to those same social settings, don’t we?

And five years ago?

And then we discovered that we could become connected with our own kind of people online no matter where they lived. And we discovered how many of us there are and we discovered how supportive a giant world wide web of our people could really be.

What’s next?

Who cares. This is our time. This, right now, is what we’ve been building towards. We are here now. We’ve found each other, and we’re searching for the rest. I can’t help but think that this must be the beginning of something big, something really big.

And I can’t wait to see what that might be. But I’m glad we’re all here to see it together.

ADHD – This Is Our Time

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2015). ADHD – This Is Our Time. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from


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