Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a commonly misunderstood condition. Let’s explore some frequent myths and misconceptions about ADHD:
Myth: ADHD isn’t real, it’s just an excuse for misbehavior.
Fact: ADHD is a legitimate neurological disorder involving impaired executive functioning. Brain imaging shows key differences in ADHD brains. While symptoms can include hyperactivity and impulsivity, ADHD is much more than just bad behavior.
Myth: You outgrow ADHD in adulthood.
Fact: While some ADHD symptoms may improve with age, over 50% of children with ADHD will continue experiencing symptoms as adults. Adult ADHD comes with its own challenges like disorganization, forgetfulness and difficulty focusing.
Myth: ADHD is the result of bad parenting.
Fact: While parenting strategies can help manage ADHD, the disorder stems from biological factors including genetics, brain structure and chemistry. Bad parenting does not cause ADHD.
Myth: ADHD is overdiagnosed.
Fact: The CDC estimates about 5% of U.S. children have ADHD, which is lower than some estimates from the late 1990s. Diagnostic criteria are strict and ADHD can only be confirmed through psychological testing.
Myth: ADHD can be cured with proper diet.
Fact: While nutrition may play a small role, there is no diet that effectively cures ADHD. Lifestyle strategies like a healthful diet, exercise, sleep and mindfulness support, but do not cure the disorder.
Understanding the facts about ADHD is key to properly managing this condition. Spread awareness and share this mythbusting information with others!
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