10 Myths and Misconceptions About ADHD
So you heard the term thrown around and you think you know ADHD, but do you actually know? ADHD is a serious condition affecting the lives of over 30 million people worldwide, yet so many misunderstandings surround it. Here we dive deeply into how it’s affecting people’s lives:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition whose symptoms are mainly limited attention and hyperactivity.
You know, it often looks like having a very limited attention span or getting quickly bored with tasks or forgetting things.
And sure, this is 2020 and everyone’s attention span is very limited with our smartphones and distractions around us 24/7. But ADHD is much more complicated than that.
We interviewed Yoshua on how he manages his ADHD as an adult, how he got diagnosed and much more. You can watch below this inspiring story:
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1. ADHD is not a real medical condition.
False. What seems surreal to me is that some actually say, or even write books about ADHD not being real. ADHD is a real mental condition with which over 3 million people in the US alone get diagnosed with. It cannot be
2. ADHD is treatable.
False. Although taking medication and behavioral therapy can help managing your ADHD better, ADHD is a pretty complicated condition that cannot just disappear. From time to time, depending on the person, it can become easier or harder to manage but an ADHD person will never fully be “recovered” or treated.
3. People with ADHD should just try harder.
False. People with ADHD cannot “just try harder”. For many tasks which seem highly easy to non-ADHD people, it takes them a much longer time to get it done because of the brain functions working differently on people with ADHD. Telling people with ADHD to “just focus” is practically like telling a person who can’t walk “but you’re not trying hard enough”.
4. All ADHD is hyperactive.
False. There are different types of ADHD, one of which is ADD (ADHD without the hyperactivity component). ADD simply have trouble focusing their attention but don’t have trouble remaining still.
5. ADHD is a learning disability.
False. ADHD is not a learning disability, unlike dyslexia can be. Yes, it can get in the way of learning because of impulsive, hyperactive behavior and limited attention span of ADHD children. Although some learning disabilities may occur at the same time as ADHD, ADHD by itself doesn’t make acquiring skills like reading or math any more difficult.
6. “He can’t be ADHD because he focuses on video games for hours”
False. It is actually pretty common for ADHD people to be able to focus on either things that matter to them, things they’re very interested in or in highly engaging and stimulating activities like games. Experts call this hyperfocus. However, they struggle hard on tasks that require a high attention span over long periods of time.
How does your ADHD look like? What’s one thing you wish people would know about ADHD? Each person has its own story and that’s what makes our world so colorful!
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