Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: ADHD IS NOT A REAL DISORDER

MYTH: ADHD Is Not A Real Disorder.

#Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood behavioral disorders in the United States.

#At least 3% to 5% of the student population has ADHD, with boys being four to nine times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.

MYTH: ADHD Is A Childhood Disorder Typically Caused By Poor Parenting.

#ADHD is a brain disorder. There is no strong research proving ADHD is caused by too much television or poor parenting.

#ADHD is not just a childhood disorder! ADHD is a lifelong disorder that can impact an adult’s ability to organize and focus.

MYTH: ADHD Is A Disorder For Bad Children Who Can't Sit Still Or Pay Attention.

#The characteristics for ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

#People with ADHD actually have the ability to pay attention. They have trouble managing their attention.

MYTH: All Children With ADHD Need Special Education And Medication.

#Only some children ADHD may need special education services.

#Treatments for ADHD include drug therapy, natural/herbal remedies, elimination diets and behavioral therapy.

MYTH: A Diagnosis Of ADHD Can Never Be Wrong.

#Some professionals may confuse ADHD with the symptoms of anxiety, depression, side effects of asthma medication and food allergies.


*Some of this information was cited by the US Dept of Education


Deidra Sorrell, Certified School Psychologist/National Certified Counselor
Guest Blogger

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