The Facts and Fiction of ADHD

The Facts and Fiction of ADHD

Facts and Fiction

ADD has been misunderstood and misrepresented for many years. Myths still persist in the minds of teachers, parents and even

Facts and Fiction

physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists. Let’s get to the bottom of some of these myths and see what the truth really is. I’ve listed 8 of the more common myths associated with ADHD.

1. Everyone with ADHD is hyperactive. There are three types of ADHD. The first is Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, the second, ADD—Inattentive, the third, ADD—combined (both hyperactive and inattentive). Not everyone with ADD is bouncing off walls, but it does make it easier to diagnose!

2. ADHD is a learning disability. You’ll find many physicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and entertainers with ADHD. Some people with ADHD also have learning disorders, but ADHD is not in and of itself a learning disorder. According to Dr. Paul Eliot, those with ADHD tend to have higher IQs than the general population.

3. A child will outgrow ADHD. Well, I’m 35 and I haven’t outgrown it yet! Years ago physicians told parents that their children would outgrow ADHD. This was probably due to the hyperactivity portion of ADHD becoming less pronounced as the child grew into an adult. Many physicians would discontinue prescribing medication when the child reached adulthood. We now know that medication can help those with ADHD throughout adulthood.

4. If you can focus your attention at all, you don’t have ADHD. So, you don’t think your child has ADHD because he can play a video game for hours, huh? He couldn’t possibly focus on something that long, right? Wrong. Most ADDers hyperfocus on tasks periodically. And, by the way, have you ever seen how much action goes on in those video games? Nothing stays the same for very long – perfect for the ADDer.

5. There is no such thing as ADHD. Although researchers are still working on the exact cause(s) of ADHD, we do know that it is a biochemical disorder in the brain. Most researchers and physicians think that it has its origin in the frontal lobe of the brain. ADHD is real.

6. Medication for ADHD is addictive. It is true that stimulant medication is used in the treatment of ADHD, and stimulants can become addictive. However, the dosages used in the treatment for ADHD are not large enough for addiction to become a problem. It is actually more likely for someone with untreated ADHD to become addicted to more dangerous drugs in an attempt to medicate themselves.

7. Medication is the only way to treat ADHD. For many, medication is best for those with ADHD, but behavior modification, herbal remedies, and even a change in diet is said to help some. Many ADDers need a combination counseling and medication to keep them in line with the rest of the world.

Myths such as these will persist until we educate each other about the reality of ADHD and it’s effect on us. ADHD isn’t something to be ashamed of. If you have ADHD, you’re special and gifted in ways that those without can only dream about. Help others understand ADHD so that others can see ADHD not as a disorder, but as a difference.

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