I told a colleague once, “You know what, I think you have ADHD.”

She confidently shrugged me off, “Really? Well, that’s ok, I am functional, anyway.”

For a moment, I thought I just said something too invasive and out of her comfort zone.  I was tempted to go back and tell her, “Oh, I didn’t mean to judge you.  I am just at the very moment when I am wondering how real adult ADHD is… because I think I have it.”

But she seems happy and accomplished in life, so she might have considered she had ADHD before and she was working well with it so there is no need to fuss about it.   Indeed, there are many among us who may have ADHD, very classically so.   Maybe some know of it but choose to ignore it and still get by.

American data say there are about 3-5% of the population with ADHD.  That’s quite a lot.  In children about 2/3 of the 9% diagnosed take medications.  My own backward thoughts says, “in time, that would mean we’re going to be a drugged population… ewwww.”

Then I saw this article that raises the possibility of people playing up their symptoms of ADHD:
Adults who claim to have ADHD? 1 in 4 may be faking it