Including You – Three common ADHD myths debunked

Celebrate ADHD Awareness Month by debunking these common myths about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Including You is brought to you by the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.


MYTH #1 – ADHD isn’t a real medical disorder.

Despite ADHD being recognized as a legitame diagnosis by many major medical, psychological, and educational organizations such as he American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, and th U.S. Department of Education, some still argue it is not a ‘real’ disorder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ADHD is in fact a biological disorder that causes hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and attention problems. Additionally, about 2 million of the more than 6 million children with ADHD were diagnosed as young as 2-5 years of age.

MYTH #2 – ADHD is the result of bad parenting.

This is simply not the case. A variety of studies indicate the problem is rooted in brain chemistry, not discipline, according to When a child acts out it is not because he or she has been taught bad behaviors, it’s because he/she cannot control his/her impulses.

MYTH #3 – ADHD affects only boys.

According to the ADHD Institute, girls can also be diagnosed with ADHD. However, the symptoms experienced may differ depending on gender. ADHD girls may be up to twice as likely as boys to have the inattentive type of ADHD and may suffer more from internalising symptoms and inattention whereas boys most commonly exhibit the hyperactive and aggressive symptoms.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers services to both children and adults with ADHD. These individuals may benefit from being connected with a Service and Support Administrator.


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