I know you posted this on the pre-law board, but I'll post here too (unreads!)...
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Messages - ellybean909
« on: July 11, 2006, 08:10:27 PM »
Days like today in Seattle only validate my choice to attend law school in southern california....(it what, 65 and rainy - in July? Absurd!)
I'm looking forward to having a schedule at all. I just quit my job as a waitress, which was erratic if anything. I'd work 8 hour shifts on the weekends followed by 6 hours shifts ending at 11pm on the weekdays...the idea of having *some* semblance of a "9-5" is exciting, even if that includes giggling with the girls for part of it.
LSAT is essentially an IQ test.
I think you're confusing the "average" person in general with the "average" person you know.
There are a lot of literally stupid people out there. I'm not referring to disabled or slow. Just not smart (compared to you and I and the rest of the board who could be labeled as such based upon measures of intelligence and true ability.)
There may be more people attending college, making it seem more average, but I still don't beleive the "average" person can graduate from a university - with any degree.
I'm not doubting you - i'm doubting commentary that regards AD/HD as a disorder specifically targeted to children.
I was diagnosed at 20 years old, and looking *back* it makes a lot of sense. However, I was constantly in an environment that allowed me to thrive without significant challenge or detriment to my ego and self. Upon entering college, I found a new environment that allowed the AD/HD to become a signficant challenge. I don't understand how or why environmental changes can do this, but the 28 year old you speak of could have always "suffered" - just not known it due to environemnt. I hope this makes sense.
Behavenet is not summarizing DSM-IV - it is commentating on some medical views on the condition. True DSM-IV on the condition if very vague. Also, the medical community has expanded its diagnostic capability to combine the ADD/ADHD definition into one with three categories: "the DSM-IV identifies three sub-types of AD/HD, depending on the presence or absence of particular symptoms: Inattentive type, Hyperactive type, and Combined type."
Myth # 2: AD/HD is a Disorder of Childhood
Early discussions of AD/HD theorized that individuals outgrew the disorder (Ingram, Hechtman, & Morgenstein, 1999). This notion has been dispelled by long-term studies showing that anywhere from 70-80 percent of children with AD/HD exhibit significant signs of restlessness and distractibility into adolescence and young adulthood, while a large percentage suffer co-morbid psychiatric disorders, academic failure, and social isolation and/or rejection (Barkley et al., 1990; Barkley, 1998). Research estimates that 1.5 to 2 percent of adults have AD/HD (Hunt, 1997), and between two and six percent of adolescents have AD/HD (Murphy & Barkley, 1996). Cuffe et al. (2001) found that children with persistent AD/HD have more severe AD/HD and adverse risk factors later in life. Adverse factors impact the expression of AD/HD and increase the risk for associated disorders that compromise adjustment over the lifespan. Thus, AD/HD is a lifelong disorder that requires a developmental framework for appropriate diagnosis and treatment (Teeter, 1998).
The DSM-IV recognizes it is not only a development of childhood and does NOT specify age:
n children and teenagers, the symptoms must be more frequent or severe compared to other children the same age. In adults, the symptoms must affect the ability to function in daily life and persist from childhood.
In addition, the behaviors must create significant difficulty in at least two areas of life, such as home, social settings, school, or work. Symptoms must be present for at least six months.
Criteria for the three primary subtypes are:
AD/HD - Inattentive Type
* Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.
* Has difficulty sustaining attention.
* Does not appear to listen.
* Struggles to follow through on instructions.
* Has difficulty with organization.
* Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort.
* Loses things.
* Is easily distracted.
* Is forgetful in daily activities.
AD/HD - Hyperactive Type
* Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair.
* Has difficulty remaining seated.
* Runs about or climbs excessively.
* Difficulty engaging in activities quietly.
* Acts as if driven by a motor.
* Talks excessively.
* Blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
* Difficulty waiting or taking turns.
* Interrupts or intrudes upon others.
AD/HD - Combined Type
* Individual meets both sets of inattention and hyperactive/impulsive criteria.
Also...as for your mark that the APA doesn't recognize adult onset AD/HD - they seem to have not made a comment either way. They do, however, recognize it can LAST a lifetime:
"Current research demonstrates that ADHD is a complex disorder that may affect someone across his or her entire life span." - http://www.apa.org/ppo/issues/pconstest.html
AD/HD is very misunderstood still. Maybe if people (not you, but in general) took the time to research it, these assumptions like the one you quoted wouldn't be made.
Florida Coastal has a high bpr because it is a factory. A for-profit factory. With no respect, hence very little networking potential. You can know your stuff, but no one will care.
State-only accredited schools may do well and have high bpr, and because of their character (defined by focus or library or whatever it may be) still manage to employ well. I'm not saying all or even most non-aba schools can acheive this, but they sometimes do better than aba-schools (part of the reason Golden Gate was placed on probation and other CA schools became accrediated provisionally).
And to the dumba*s that made a comment about ADD at 28 - you can develop it at any age, whether or not you are still being educated. You can get 4.0's and 99% test scores your whole life and then suddenly find yourself having extreme difficulty. Do some research before you assume you know what you're critizing.