Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorder. ADHD is often diagnosed in early childhood and is characterised by an inability to focus, forgetfulness, hyperactivity, and often an inability to get along with peer groups.
The symptoms are broad, and the other causes for ADHD are still being investigated and researched. As a result, parents and educators are left having to deal with unfair misconception and misinformation that could potentially negatively affect the child’s development and the kind of help that they may require.
Children with ADHD are just lazy!
This is probably one of the most common misconceptions. It presumes people with ADHD just need to focus and be less lazy and more motivated. The reality is that people with ADHD have to work harder and put in more effort due to their condition. It’s a daily struggle to sit still, pay attention, and focus. They are any but lazy.
ADHD is over-diagnosed
It wasn’t until recently that ADHD was more widely known and diagnosed. In the past, children who had behavioural issues in school who eventually ended up failing or struggling could very well have had undiagnosed ADHD. We just didn’t know what it was at the time and attributed children acting up as a matter of (lack of) discipline, and bad upbringing. You could say that in the past, it was under-diagnosed, if diagnosed at all.
Children with ADHD will eventually outgrow it
While some children outgrow ADHD, others do not. We know this because millions of adults are diagnosed with ADHD, shattering another misconception that only children have ADHD. This means that it is important to be able to accurately diagnose early so the appropriate support can be applied for those who need it rather than have people go their whole life struggling with quality of life issues, and self-esteem issues.
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