Is ADHD real? Are medications really safe? Can adults have ADHD?
These far-too-common myths are unfair judgement of your behavior or parenting skills. While you already know you’re not doing anything wrong, how can you convince your family, friends, and those infuriating perfect strangers to believe it too? Start by watching this video.
7 Myths (and Truths) About ADHD
Myths and lies about ADHD persist, despite 100+ years of medical research and data. Too many people today question the validity of ADHD.
Here’s the truth.
ADHD Myth #1: ADHD isn’t real.
ADHD is recognized as a legitimate diagnosis by the:
- National Institutes of Health
- U.S. Department of Education
- American Psychiatric Association
ADHD is a neurological condition resulting from an imbalance of chemical messengers in the brain.
ADHD Myth #2: Accommodations give kids an unfair advantage.
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to address students’ special needs.
Accommodations, like extra time on tests, simply level the playing field so that students with ADHD can learn alongside their classmates.
ADHD Myth #3: Kids outgrow ADHD.
More than 70% of kids with ADHD will experience symptoms as teens. Up to half will still have ADHD as adults.
ADHD Myth #4: Only boys have ADHD.
Girls are just as likely to have ADHD. Their symptoms are just more likely to be overlooked or misdiagnosed.
ADHD Myth #5: ADHD is just bad parenting.
When a child with ADHD blurts out in class, it’s not because no one taught him it’s wrong. It’s because he can’t control his impulses.
It’s brain chemistry, not discipline.
ADHD Myth #6: ADHD medications lead to substance abuse.
Actually, living with untreated ADHD increases the risk of abusing drugs or alcohol.
ADHD medications have been proven safe and effective for 50+ years.
ADHD Myth#7: People with ADHD are lazy or stupid.
Many people with ADHD have above-average intelligence.
Celebrities and role models – like Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, and Justin Timberlake – prove that people with ADHD can do anything.
Next time you hear an ignorant comment about ADHD, respond with truth, conviction, and pride.