How do you know if you have adult ADHD?

The new edition of the Diagnostic Statistic Manual, called the DSM-5, is scheduled to come out in May 2013. The book is used by psychiatrists to define mental disorders so that all doctors, patients, hospitals and insurance companies have a common psychiatric language.

The definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, along with most other psychiatric ailments, will be refined in the new manual.

Here are some of symptoms of ADHD in the American Psychiatric Associations proposed revisions for the DSM-5:

•Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

•Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort

•Is often forgetful in daily activities

•Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat

•Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed

•Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

•Is often “on the go,” acting as if “driven by a motor”

There are many more symptoms than that. Don’t diagnose yourself based on this short list. You can read the complete description that a medical professional would use to diagnose you here. Or you can take this quiz, known as the Jasper/Goldberg Adult ADD Questionnaire.

We’ll be talking about adult ADHD on Wednesday and we want to hear from adults who suffer from the condition.

Have you been diagnosed with adult ADHD? When did you realize that you had a psychiatric condition and what were your symptoms?

–Stephanie Curtis, social media host