9 Myths About ADHD

9 Myths About ADHD All Parents Must Know

Facts about ADHD are widely studied and abundantly available, yet it is also true that there are still plenty to learn about ADHD, but clinging to the erroneous information about ADHD rather that familiarizing yourself with the facts can have serious implications on your child. 

Another serious problem with paying any attention to the myths about ADHD associated to this disorder is that it can delay the diagnosis and positive treatment options available. All these factors are playing a collective part in having a serious effect on the developing child. 

Let us look at some of the most common myths and facts associated with ADHD:

Myth 1: ADHD Is Not A Medical Condition
Fact: There are people who are of the opinion that this disorder was created by pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric community for financial gain. Fortunately numerous profuse studies confirm that ADHD is in fact a medical disorder. It has been studied for years, but it is only in recent times that scientists managed to give a clear description to the condition. ADHD has nothing to do with the strong will of a child.
Myth 2: Hyperactivity Is Present In All Children With ADHD
Fact: Hyperactivity is not always present in all children with ADHD. It is one of many symptoms of the disorder. Many children diagnosed with ADHD my only present signs of a lack of attention.
Myth 3: Only Boys Are Diagnosed With ADHD
Fact: Children of all sexes are diagnosed with ADHD. The reason why people think that only boys have ADHD is because boys tend to act out more aggressive than girls with the disorder do.
Myth 4: Bad Parenting is the Main Cause of ADHD
Fact: This is not only a myth that can have serious consequences but very dangerous to the overall wellbeing of the child. It is not true that children with ADHD only need some good strict discipline. What is true is that parenting methods can have a significant positive or negative effect on the symptoms of the disorder.
Myth 5: Dumb and Lazy Kids have ADHD
Fact: ADHD has nothing to do with the intellectual capabilities of a child. There are numerous people who are highly intelligent people who have ADHD. Albert Einstein, Allexander Graham Bell, Beethoven, Christopher Columbus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Henry Ford, Vincent Van Gogh, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Robin Williams, Michael Jordan, and both Presidents George Bush Senior and Junior are just a few of the famous and intelligent people that were diagnosed with ADHD.
Myth 6: Medication Is The Only Treatment Option
Fact: In most instances, successful treatment of ADHD requires a multi faceted approach of which medication is just one of the many parts needed to treat ADHD successfully. In some instances the symptoms can be treated successfully without any medication.
Myth 7: Children Use ADHD as an Excuse for Poor Behavior
Fact: ADHD is a disability disorder and if not treated, have little control over dt>their behavioral symptoms. Treatment will help them to recognize and deal with the symptoms such as impulsivity, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity effectively.
Myth 8: Children Outgrow ADHD
Fact: Of all children diagnosed with ADHD, about 75 percent will have symptoms of ADHD up to their teen years while half of them will experience symptoms up to early adulthood.
Myth 9: Family Physicians Can Easily Diagnose ADHD
Fact: ADHD is a complicated disorder and children do not always demonstrate the typical symptoms associated with ADHD, especially if the health practitioner is not really familiar with the disorder. It is not possible to observe and make an accurate diagnosis in one consulting room visit.

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