7 Myths about ADHD


1. ADHD is not a real disorder

Some people think ADHD is not real. One of the factors is because there is no conclusive medical test can be used to diagnose ADHD unlike other medical cased. Other than that, there is no clear definition on ADHD symptom because it exists in a continuum of behavior. Symptoms of ADHD also may look like other conditions but people with ADHD have symptom that can affect their daily functioning. In fact, The American Psychiatric Society recognizes ADHD as a medical disorder in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


Source:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/Pages/Myths-and-Misconceptions.aspx

https://adhdawarenessmonth.org/myths-about-adhd/


2. People who have ADHD are stupid or lazy

ADHD is a real disorder, people with ADHD is not lazy, unmotivated or irresponsible. People often mistaken them as being lazy. Usually, people with ADHD have problem with their executive function that harms goal-directed behaviour. Executive function involves processing of working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. However, never belittle abilities of people with ADHD. If the activity match with their interest, they can be the best of themselves. There are a lot of people with ADHD who succeed in their area such as Michael Phelps-a swimmer and Cameron Herold- a TED Speaker.


Source:

https://adhdawarenessmonth.org/myths-about-adhd/

https://www.additudemag.com/what-is-executive-function-disorder/