What is ADHD?
ADHD is short for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way the brain grows and develops, although we aren’t entirely sure what causes it.
ADHD is a lifelong disorder. It doesn’t go away, but it often requires treatment.
WHO GETS ADHD?
ADHD usually appears in early childhood, although it is not always diagnosed at this time. It is difficult to predict who will have ADHD, but it does seem to have a strong genetic component. This means that it commonly appears in other family members and can be passed down from one generation to another, much like eye colour or height.
MYTHS VS FACTS
There are many myths associated with ADHD. It is important to separate fact from fiction so that we can better understand what people with ADHD are truly experiencing. The more we understand, the better we can help them.
MYTH 1: ADHD is just an excuse to be lazy
ADHD isn’t an excuse, it isn’t made up, and people with ADHD don’t behave the way they do on purpose. ADHD is a real disorder that is thought to affect the brain and certain chemicals within it.
MYTH 2: ADHD is just a fad
ADHD is not a trend or fad. ADHD is an established medical disorder. Symptoms of ADHD have been documented for over 200 years!
MYTH 3:Food allergies, sugar, food additives, poor diet, etc. cause ADHD
It has not been proven that anything in the diet causes ADHD. However, good nutrition is important to everyone. An unhealthy lifestyle, including poor diet, can influence attention and functioning.
MYTH 4:Medication will fix ADHD
There is no cure for ADHD – not even medication. However, medication can have positive effects on symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Medication works best when it’s combined with
a comprehensive approach to ADHD that includes appropriate diagnosis, improving individual and
family understanding of ADHD, behavioural interventions, and educational support.
MYTH 5:ADHD is the result of bad parenting
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. ADHD can happen regardless of parenting style; however, environmental factors, such as teaching and parenting quality, can minimize or intensify the difficulties experienced by someone with ADHD.