ADHD, or attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopment disorder affecting millions of people, including children. As the number of children recognized with this disorder continues to rise, so do the number of myths surrounding ADHD. These are some of the most common myths we hear about ADHD.
1. It Can Come From Poor Parenting
Many people feel that ADHD results from poor parenting because children with this disorder often struggle to follow directions or misbehave because they tend to be more impulsive. However, ADHD is not due to poor parenting; you cannot discipline it out of children. Brain imaging proves this disorder is due to the brain working differently than others.
2. They Always Have Poor Focus
Many parents or teachers believe that if a child can focus on a few things for a long time, they must not have ADHD. However, it’s essential to recognize that ADHD is an attention deficit. It does not mean that a child cannot pay attention. Children with this disorder can often pay attention to things they are interested in or engaged in for long periods. ADHD therapy can help parents find ways to engage their children.
3. It Is Only for Certain Ages
Another common myth is that ADHD only impacts children of certain ages. Most believe that it shows up at 8-9 years old. However, according to the National Institute for Mental Health, symptoms can appear between the ages of 3-6. Many adults often have ADHD, too. However, young children are more hyperactive, so the condition may not be diagnosed until they are older and begin struggling in school, which is why this myth exists.
4. Gender Makes a Difference
Many people believe that mainly boys get ADHD. Boys are usually diagnosed more with ADHD because they tend to be more hyperactive, a more prominent symptom. Girls are likelier to be inattentive daydreamers, leading to fewer girls being diagnosed. However, this condition is prevalent in both sexes. ADHD therapy can help children that are not hyperactive learn tools to improve focus.
5. Medication Is the Only Option
Some parents shy away from a diagnosis because they believe medication is the only treatment option. However, ADHD therapy offers multiple options for parents and children to help them thrive in every environment. Therapists can also provide helpful advice, such as getting an IEP or 504 plan to help your child succeed in school.
Our comprehensive services address every aspect of ADHD. Our doctoral-level psychologists offer evidence-based, individualized approaches that help your children develop the tools and access the resources they need to function optimally. Contact Elements Psychological Services LLC today for more information.