Facts about ADHD

  • ADHD is a real, physical brain difference proven on PET brain scans.
  • ADHD was first described as a medical condition over 200 years ago.
  • ADHD is a chemical deficiency in brain message signals called neurotransmitters.
  • ADHD is a bio-neurological, development delay in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain where executive functioning is located.
  • ADHD is highly genetic. Traumatic Brain Injury is also a causal factor.
  • ADHD is not a choice & cannot be controlled by willpower or discipline.
  • ADHD is a spectrum disorder ranging from mild to severe.
  • ADHD has co-existing/co-morbid conditions.
  • ADHD is not caused by bad parenting.
  • ADHD is not caused by wilful naughtiness, laziness or stupidity.
  • ADHD is an inability to produce, hold or transport good neurotransmitters.
  • ADHD cannot be diagnosed by a GP. A qualified specialist diagnoses ADHD.
  • ADHD does not respond well to traditional discipline.
  • ADHD is highly co-morbid with Anxiety.
  • ADHD equals a 30% > risk of depression, anxiety, suicide and failing at life.
  • ADHD needs close boundaries & swift consequences to actions.
  • ADHD needs extra education regarding their strengths & weaknesses.
  • ADHD needs natural consequences to actions & lessons learnt.
  • ADHD symptoms are common. Most people can or have had some of the symptoms.
  • ADHD has more of the symptoms, more of the time, more consistently & with significant impact on their lives.
  • ADHD is helped by good diet and exercise, however, diet and exercise does not cause ADHD, nor does it cure it.
  • Therapy, skills & prescribed medication is often successful in managing & treating ADHD. Education & understanding is needed.
  • ADHD was first medicated with stimulant medication in 1937.
  • Stimulant medication increases neurotransmitters up to “normal” levels, slowing, calming, filtering & focusing the ADHD brain.
  • The opposite is true of a “normal” people. "Normal/Neurotypical” brain chemistry is already at normal levels, a stimulant therefore increases the neurotransmitters up above normal levels.
  • Studies have shown that you’re less likely to abuse illegal substances, if diagnosed & treated with prescribed medication early in life.
  • ADHD myths & stigma make it more difficult to treat & medicate.
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