3 Common Misconceptions about Adolescent ADHD

3 Common Misconceptions about Adolescent ADHD

ADHD is a medical condition that many people are seemingly familiar with. They have heard the term and have a general understanding of what this condition is, but many people also unfortunately have developed stereotypes or have gathered false information about the condition over the years. These are some of the more common myths or misconceptions about ADHD.

ADHD Is Not a Real Condition

Some people have heard that ADHD is over-diagnosed and that many people who claim to have ADHD actually do not have this condition. Because of this, some people have developed a misconception that this is not a real condition and that the symptoms are all in a patient’s head. The reality is that ADHD is linked to dysfunction between different areas of the brain. This means that the condition is legitimate and that those who have this condition cannot control their symptoms without behavioral therapy and medical intervention, such as prescription medications.

All Symptoms of ADHD Are the Same

ADHD is generally characterized by impulsivity and a lack of focus. However, how these symptoms are outwardly expressed as well as the severity of each one varies from person to person. For example, some people may have a severe inability to concentrate, but they may not be impulsive at all. This broad spectrum of outward symptoms effectively means that people may notice different things from one ADHD patient to another.

Children with ADHD Are Lazy and Unintelligent

The stigma surrounding ADHD patients is unfortunately harsh and based on false information. Because individuals who have ADHD often act out in school, portray developmental traits of kids who are much younger and may have difficulty earning high grades, these children are viewed as being slow, lazy and even unintelligent. Remember that this is a mental condition that has nothing do to with a person’s actual traits. When ADHD is properly managed, individuals can live up to their full intelligence potential and can function according to developmental expectations based on their age.

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or if you think that your child may have ADHD, it is important to journal different behaviors that you notice for at least a few weeks. You can learn more about ADHD through websites like Smarter Parenting and others as well. Bring your journal with you to a doctor appointment so that you can back up your claims with hard facts. This will help your doctor to more accurately diagnose the condition and to treat it appropriately.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.