Common ADHD/ADD Myths that you should know about
There are so many thoughts that people have when it comes to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that could get you confused. Here are some common myths and facts to dispel about these conditions, which are now both referred to in the medical community as ADHD:
- Only kids who are hyper have ADHD
While hyperactivity is the most common symptom of ADHD, it is possible for a child to be suffering from the disorder without being hyperactive. ADHD has three subtypes:
- A predominantly inattentive subtype – kids who are easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds; those who fail to pay attention to details or make careless mistakes; those who rarely follow instructions etc.
- A predominantly hyperactive-impulsive subtype – those who are usually restless, fidgety, and squirmy; or like running, climbing, leaving a seat in situations where sitting or quiet behavior is expected etc.
- A combined subtype – which is the most common of the three.
Children of the first subtype may be suffering from ADHD without showing signs of hyperactivity.
- Children can outgrow ADHD
This is not true. If left untreated, ADHD continues into adulthood. However, by developing their strengths, structuring their environments, and using medication when needed, children with ADHD can grow up to be adults leading very productive lives.
- Children on ADHD medication are likely to take drugs in future
While it may be true that people with ADHD are naturally impulsive and more likely to take risks, those taking stimulants for this disorder are actually at lower risk of using other drugs. Children and teenagers who have ADHD, and also have coexisting conditions may be at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse, regardless of the medication used.
- Children with ADHD are poorly disciplined
ADHD is a brain condition that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior. While researchers have been unable to find the exact cause of ADHD, they have discovered a distinct change in brain size activity in children with ADHD. Because these children have difficulty controlling their behavior, they may be labeled as being poorly disciplined. However, this is far from the truth.
- Children who eat lots of sugar have ADHD
There is no research-based evidence to show that sugar can cause ADHD. In fact, it is highly unlikely that sugar intake can affect the size of parts of a child’s brain, as is seen in those with ADHD.
- Children with ADHD will not see success in life
This is just not true. There are many famous artists, scientists, and politicians around the world who have had ADHD in their childhood. Some of the most well-known celebrities with ADHD include Salvador Dali, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Bill Gates, Benjamin Franklin, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Elvis Presley, Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone to name a few.
Many children who have been diagnosed with ADHD also have at least one co-existing condition which can impact their overall behavior and life. It is important to know that not all myths associated with ADHD are true and the right, timely intervention can help your child lead a fruitful, productive life with a bright, independent future.