Personally I hate the fact that it requires problems as a child. What if the child is only bad at one thing – having a typical job? And yet, as a child, BECAUSE HE WAS A CHILD, he never tried to have a job. So, he genuinely has ADHD, but he won’t be “allowed” (by the usual standards in the USA) to be diagnosed as such, simply because he didn’t fail miserably to do adult things when he wasn’t an adult.
THIS MAKES NO SENSE. People who are good at being entertained by others, and have the benefit of being in a school which views pedagogy as something which should entertain the children, will be people who do well in school. Later, they may also learn that they are bad at doing very boring drudgery type tasks, tasks which they were never asked to do while in school because they went to an interesting competent school that didn’t believe in drudgery. Their school thought learning should be fun! And these people, who require fun stimulation, clearly ADHDers, will be forever treated as though they have no ADHD, because they made the mistake of going to a school that wasn’t as boring and drudgery-filled as their jobs will be. I’m so angry at this stupid system … grr … Or even if the school wasn’t particularly entertaining (or otherwise enlightened), nevertheless the capacity to do well or poorly during school-age as an ADHDer does not predict a capacity to do well or poorly at a workplace! Of course it doesn’t! Why would anyone expect it to? And yet the ADHD criteria implicitly require it to do so.
Personally, I’ve had a hard time getting adequate adult treatment and accommodations. The systems insist on treating me as though I don’t have ADHD, but, not because I lack diagnosis of ADHD. I have a good diagnosis, with all the documents. But I did well during my school years, got high grades. So, most institutions point out that I have a lack of record of any failings as a child, and therefore they reject my AHDH diagnosis. What can I do, go back in time and point out all the occasions when I procrastinated? Identify the six or seven anti-social episodes when I got frustrated with unjust administrators and got violent, but which, because administrators were nice, didn’t go onto my record? It’s idiotic that the only way you can prove you’ve got a condition, is to have a record of that condition from a time when you were too young to know how to keep records, especially if the people who were keeping those records for you also didn’t know you had that condition. “Hi, ADHDer, if you hadn’t had ADHD you’d be much better at documenting your ADHD.” WTF!!!