Myths Surrounding ADHD : Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

There are many myths that surround Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Myths surrounding ADHD), and sadly they are believed by many unsuspecting people who know nothing about the disorder. A lot of these myths have developed from years and years of medical professionals diagnosing only young boys and no one else.

  • One of the big myths that is very prevalent today is that ADHD is the popular diagnosis for this time period. If a child acts up in the classroom, he has ADHD and he or she must be on medication. While there appears to be an explosion of ADHD in America, this is due to many factors. One factor that needs to be considered is the evolution of technology and medicine. Each year, we learn more and more about every type of disorder and ADHD just happens to be one of them. This does not mean that it is a fad diagnosis. Another thing to consider is that sometimes children are slapped with a label before it has even formally been diagnosed. The ADHD label is so informally thrown around that how many children actually have the disorder is misconstrued.


  • Another myth is that ADHD is overly diagnosed. This is simply not true. As discussed in the previous paragraph, ADHD is not diagnosed formally unless a psychologist or psychiatrist tests an individual. Testing can either be formal (which I believe is preferable) or informal where an individual’s history is taken and evaluated. Doctors do not just quickly give out ADHD as a diagnosis, and over diagnosis is pure myth.


  • A third myth is that ADHD is only a disorder for hyperactive boys. This myth comes from the many years that it was promoted as fact by the medical community. It is not true, and it is also not true that more boys have this than girls. Because girls have only recently been diagnosed, there is not an accurate picture of how many actually have it.


  • Another myth that can be very damaging is that having ADHD is only a small problem in an individual’s life. Yes, some individual’s who have ADHD may fare better than others, but many have real problems in dealing with everyday life issues and routines. The difficulties that people with ADHD face should not be thrown off.


  • One more recent myth was discounted is People outgrow ADHD by 12 or 13 years of age. It is not something that just goes away on its own though, and anyone who thinks that is true has their facts wrong.


  • And lastly, there is a myth that medication is the only thing you can do to help ADHD. This is something that is believed by a lot of people. Yes, medications help in many cases of ADHD but it is the just the beginning of getting help. Counseling and learning how to structure your time are also very important steps to take.
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