Why Do Some People Outgrow ADHD?
A number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) supposedly outgrow ADHD, but quite a few do not. It used to be thought that most children lose the diagnosis as they age,1 but theories increasingly suggest that most people still have ADHD throughout adolescence and possibly adulthood.2 Certain experts even theorize that ADHD never disappears; its symptoms simply morph and become more subtle.3 This made me wonder why some supposedly grow out of ADHD and what it means to know that ADHD might never go away.
There appears to be no conclusive evidence on why certain children appear to grow out of ADHD while others do not, but it seems that a lack of treatment and severe ADHD symptoms indicate that ADHD is more likely to carry on into adulthood.4 It could be that well-treated symptoms in a child result in an adult who can manage his or her condition without as much aid as diagnosed ADHD adults. It is also possible that gender, “intelligence,” access to healthcare, and family support contribute to misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses in both children and adults.
Video: Accepting an ADHD Diagnosis You Don't Outgrow
In the video below, I talk about whether I can outgrow ADHD or not and what that means to me. Please watch and let me know what you think in the comments. I’m interested in whether your symptoms changed from childhood to adulthood. Have a happy new year!
- Brooks, Megan, “Childhood ADHD Often Persists Into Adulthood.” WebMD, Mar. 2013.
- Wesemann, Daniel, and Susan Van Cleve, “ADHD: From childhood to young adulthood.” The Nurse Practitioner, Mar. 2018.
- Kessler, Ronald, “How ADHD Grew Up as Kids Grew into ADHD Adults.” APSARD, Nov. 2015.
- Kessler, Ronald, et. al., “Patterns and predictors of ADHD persistence into adulthood.” Biological Psychiatry, Jun. 2005.
Matteson, N. (2018, December 31). Why Do Some People Outgrow ADHD?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, July 24 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2018/12/why-do-some-people-outgrow-adhd