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Age Confusion

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There’s some question about your age …

Possibly as a function of our issues with time, or maybe just because of our development issues, it is often hard to know how old someone with ADHD is.

And in truth, I have trouble accepting my own age often enough.

In my heart, I am eighteen, on the calendar I am almost sixty.

That makes me one of the more arthritic eighteen year olds around.

The funny thing is …

Other people are often unsure of how old I am too.

Some think I’m older, ’cause I look like I’ve been rode hard and put away wet more often than I should have been.

Some gauge my age by my actions and overall joyous approach to life and assume that I look older than I actually am.

And much more confusion arises from the symptoms of ADHD and their affects on us.

Hampered development

Consider that a child develops from infancy to adulthood.

Then consider that ADHD is a condition brought about by impeded development.

That means that we never fully develop from childhood to adulthood. And that means that we seem to be younger in our actions and our behavior.

Of course …

When you’re 59 and behaving like a fourteen year old, it looks more odd than anachronistic.

I work very diligently to avoid being considered childish, and I’m not always successful.

On the plus side …

Luckily for me there are people who appreciate the joyous and childlike aspects of my makeup.

And I am afraid that I do make efforts to exploit those aspects. As they say, “If you got it, flaunt it!”

And I flaunt it whenever I think it will do me any good.


There is another aspect to this situation that confuses me.

If ADHD is a lack or impediment to full development, that means that there are aspects of ourselves that are closer to childhood than they should be.

And if that is the case, how easy is it for children to be considered for a diagnosis when in fact they are just a little behind the curve.

Studies show …

Studies that I’ve read suggest that in any given cohort the majority of ADHD diagnoses are weighted to the younger half of the group.

That is to say that in a group of 100 grade eight students with a diagnosis rate of nine percent, the majority of students with a diagnosis will be the ones that are born in the second half of the year.

Until imbalances such as this are recognized and accounted for, the age confusion factor of ADHD will continue to have a negative effect on the disorder’s perception by the public.

Age Confusion

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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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). Age Confusion. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 22, 2019, from


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