Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most misunderstood disorders out there, so as you can only imagine, there are lots of misconceptions floating around. Not to worry, we’ve taken seven of the most common myths about ADHD and debunked them just for you. The truth may surprise you!
Myth #1: ADHD is not a real disorder.
The truth: Because ADHD is a relatively new disorder, many people are convinced that it’s not a real diagnosis, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only is ADHD recognized as a legitimate mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Society, but a 2010 study found that people with ADHD had specific gene variations that weren’t found in those without it, so genetics play a strong role as well.
Myth #2: People with ADHD are not intelligent.
The truth: Although people with ADHD may have difficulty learning due to their inability to focus and stay organized, it has nothing to do with their actual intelligence. According to Washington State University, when children with ADHD score lower on tests, it’s usually due to preexisting conditions, such as a learning disability. With proper management, those with ADHD can also achieve academic success.
Myth #3: ADHD only affects boys.
The truth: Girls are just as likely to have ADHD compared to boys, but due to this popular myth, boys tend to be diagnosed more often.
Myth #4: You can outgrow ADHD.
The truth: Chances are, if you had ADHD when you were a child, then you’ll probably have it as an adult. In fact, more than 70 percent of people who had ADHD as a child continue to have it as a teen, while 50 percent of teens continue to have it during adulthood.
Myth #5: Watching too much TV causes ADHD.
The truth: Although watching television and playing video games nonstop has been linked to inactivity and obesity, there’s no strong evidence that it directly causes ADHD.
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Myth #6: Eating too much sugar and junk food causes ADHD.
The truth: Yes, consuming boat loads of sugar and junk food can cause you to feel more hyper than usual, but again, there’s no scientific evidence that supports this myth.
Myth #7: Medicine for ADHD makes you feel drugged.
The truth: If this is the case for you or your child, then this could be an indicator that the dosage is too high. With the proper dosage, medicine can actually help sharpen your focus and increase your ability to control your behavior.
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