If you’re a parent of a child who’s recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be devastated and overwhelmed.
If you’re an adult who’s recently been diagnosed, you may be going through various stages of grief after learning that your lifelong difficulties can now be explained by a medical condition. For me it was more relief than grief.
My doctor was ahead of the curve, and quickly diagnosed me with Adult ADHD. It was a life changer, I could now read and actually comprehend what I read. I could now sit still, something I could only do for a couple a minutes at a time, prior to the diagnosis and with the help of a stimulant medication.
Fortunately, ADHD is highly treatable and whether one is diagnosed at 30 or 80, your quality of life will change for the better,
However that said there are still many misconceptions of ADHD
Common Misconceptions of ADHD
- ADHD is over-diagnosed. ADHD can be over-diagnosed in some communities and under-diagnosed in others, For instance, ADHD may be under-diagnosed in an inner city where no one talks about it, but over-diagnosed in an affluent suburban area, where parents are more aware of ADHD and may think their child has the condition if he or she isn’t doing well in school.
- Inattention, distractibility, and impulsivity are character flaws. ADHD is a neurobiological disorder, and these “character flaws” are symptoms.
- You can will yourself out of ADHD. The fact is, and research backs this, that the harder one tries, the worse the symptoms seem to get.
- Children outgrow ADHD. What people typically outgrow is the hyperactive part of ADHD.
- What remains is the inattentive and impulsive parts of the disorder which can cause impairments in academic, personal, and occupational arenas.
I for one can attest to the last misconception, as I entered the workplace and attended college simultaneously. I couldn’t concentrate and impulsive was my middle name.
Some of the facts were gathered off the NIMH government website