Myths Debunked

Common myths and beliefs that can be debunked with evidence.

Myths

Truths

ADHD isn’t a real medical condition​​​​

Yes, ADHD can be proven on brain scans​​​​

ADHD medications lead to addiction

Actually the opposite is true and can prevent addiction

Only boys get ADHD

Sorry girls get it too, as severe & are under diagnosed

ADHD is the result of poor diet

It can help but does not cure nor create ADHD 

ADHD is due to bad parenting & no discipline

Traditional discipline doesn’t’ work for these kids,
& due to symptoms, which they can’t control, parenting is much more difficult

People with ADHD are lazy

They lack dopamine which is a motivational brain chemical

People with ADHD are stupid

Intelligence has no correlation with ADHD

ADHD isn’t that serious

People have died due to impulsivity or risky behaviour

ADHD only impacts you at school

ADHD doesn’t take breaks, it’s relentless

ADHD kids need to try harder to pay attention

It’s a chemical deficiency

ADHD kids can’t ever focus

They can focus if interested but have no choice in it

All kids with ADHD are hyperactive

Some kids are ADD without ‘H’ for hyper

Girls with ADHD never experience hyperactivity

Yes, they can and do

Girls with ADHD have it less severe than boys

Girls can have severe ADHD too

Kids outgrow ADHD. Adults can’t have ADHD

>60% keep it as adults

ADHD is a learning disability

ADHD is an internal regulation issue

ADHD is a solo diagnosis

ADHD nearly always comes with another diagnosis

Medication is the only way to treat ADHD

It’s a spectrum, so, many treatments

Medication is a quick fix & lazy way to treat ADHD

It’s a recommended treatment

Special accommodations for ADHD kids have an unfair advantage

Levelled the playing field

Focusing on some things, for hours, means not ADHD

Interest-based disorder

ADHD is over diagnosed

The opposite is true, especially females who are under diagnosed

ADHD isn’t a recognised disability

WHO & Developed nations say it is a disability

ADHD can be treated with herbs & vitamins

No. ADHD needs therapy, at least

Everyone’s a little ADHD

No. People can have symptoms, sometimes it's not the same

Myths

ADHD isn’t a real medical condition​​​​

ADHD medications lead to addiction

Only boys get ADHD

ADHD is the result of poor diet

ADHD is due to bad parenting & no discipline

People with ADHD are lazy

People with ADHD are stupid

ADHD isn’t that serious

ADHD only impacts you at school

ADHD kids need to try harder to pay attention

ADHD kids can’t ever focus

All kids with ADHD are hyperactive

Girls with ADHD never experience hyperactivity

Girls with ADHD have it less severe than boys

Kids outgrow ADHD. Adults can’t have ADHD

ADHD is a learning disability

ADHD is a solo diagnosis

Medication is the only way to treat ADHD

Medication is a quick fix & lazy way to treat ADHD

Special accommodations for ADHD kids have an unfair advantage

Focusing on some things, for hours, means not ADHD

ADHD is over diagnosed

ADHD isn’t a recognised disability

ADHD can be treated with herbs & vitamins

Everyone’s a little ADHD

Truths

Yes, ADHD can be proven on brain scans​​​​

Actually the opposite is true and can prevent addiction

Sorry girls get it too, as severe & are under diagnosed

It can help but does not cure nor create ADHD 

Traditional discipline doesn’t work & due to symptoms, which they can’t control, parenting is much more difficult

They lack dopamine which is a motivational brain chemical

Intelligence has no correlation with ADHD

People have died due to impulsivity or risky behaviour

ADHD doesn’t take breaks, it’s relentless

It’s a chemical deficiency

They can focus if interested but have no choice in it

Some kids are ADD without ‘H’ for hyper

Yes, they can and do

Girls can have severe ADHD too

>60% keep it as adults

ADHD is an internal regulation issue

ADHD nearly always comes with another diagnosis

It’s a spectrum, so, many treatments

It’s a recommended treatment

Levelled the playing field

Interest-based disorder

The opposite is true, especially females who are under diagnosed

WHO & Developed nations say it is a disability

No. ADHD needs therapy, at least

No. People can have symptoms sometimes, but it's not the same

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