Here are 5 common myths associated with ADHD. They are all false.
Myth1- ADD is a separate condition to ADHD.
For our series we will focus on the 2 main types of ADHD. (Some mental health practitioners believe there are 6 sub sets.)
ADHD and ADD. Both are the same with varying differences. The main difference being that those with ADHD exhibit a physical restlessness. Those with ADD share all the symptoms of those with ADHD but don’t have the physical restlessness. We will explain more in coming articles. For the purpose of clarity the term ADHD covers ADD as well.
Myth 2- ADHD is a made-up condition, and does not exist.
ADHD is a real neurological disorder. ADHD has been around for a long time. ADHD has been described in medical literature about 100 years. A medical journal in America was discovered recently dating back from 1798. A doctor wrote that he had seen a condition in his patients which he called “diseases of attention”.
ADHD is real. We can see it in brain scans. Brain imaging research, has uncovered fascinating images of the ADHD brain, and has found major differences between the ADHD brain and the neuro typical brain.
Untreated ADHD is more disabling in more areas of adult life than most other disorders seen in outpatient mental health clinics.
ADHD is far more common and prevalent among ethnic minorities. There are no official studies on the topic, however it is well known that ADHD is far more common among the Jewish population.
Myth3- ADHD is a childhood condition that goes away by the time the child reaches adulthood
It is not a condition that affects only children. It affects over 11 million adults in the USA alone. In adults is not merely a trivial disorder of paying attention. It is far more serious than that. Up to 65% of children with ADHD will have disabling symptoms into adulthood.
Myth 4-By ignoring the problems created by ADHD they will eventually disappear.
If not seen to, the problems of ADHD ALWAYS get worse. I have clients in their 70’s who have had ADHD for their entire lives. They have had certain talents/traits that have helped them get through life. Unfortunately the ADHD challenges are so great that they eventually take over their life, and the results are tragic.
ADHD is more limiting in more areas of life than most other disorders seen in outpatient mental health clinics.
Myth 5-ADHD always occurs on its own without another comorbid condition.
80% of those diagnosed with ADHD will have another comorbid condition such as ASD, learning disability, anxiety, OCD.
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