ADHD, formerly referred to ADD, is a relatively common mental health condition affecting approximately 10% of the population each year. However, the condition is widely misunderstood. Here are three common myths about ADHD, de-bunked:
1. Sometimes ADHD is misidentified as someone’s lack of willpower. People that are diagnosed with ADHD may be judged as non-committal, or not passionate about anything. In reality, many people with ADHD can focus well on the things that they enjoy.
2. Only boys have ADHD. This isn’t true. Our society tends to view hyperactivity in boys more than girls, based on how we’ve defined what’s “normal behavior” for young children in America. Because of this, it’s likely that women are under-diagnosed for ADHD, and men are over-diagnosed, leading to a discrepancy in the data. But there’s no biological indicators that one sex is more likely to have signs of ADHD than another.
3. ADHD is just for kids. Although it appears earlier in a person’s development than other disorders, and is usually caught in school, where there are strict expectations for focus and attention in a classroom setting, and most mental health conditions start to show signs early in our lifetimes, that doesn’t mean that symptoms of ADHD can appear later in life. It also doesn’t mean that they’ve always been present, but were simply not seen or diagnosed early in life. There are many people diagnosed in their adult years, and living each day with the condition.
Has ADHD affected you or someone else in your life? Consider joining Team ADHBees to show your support and end the stigma: https://mentalhealthleague.com/collections/adhbees