ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, affects 11% of school-aged children in the U.S. This neurodevelopment disorder often presents with physical and cognitive symptoms, and of those affected as children, nearly 75% will continue to experience symptoms in adulthood. Adults and children with ADHD may have trouble completing tasks, maintaining relationships, and controlling emotions.
To help people around the country learn more about ADHD, October has been designated National ADHD Awareness Month. In 2019, Chai Urgent Care joins a number of organizations in sharing information and addressing some of the most common myths about ADHD.
Formerly known as attention-deficit disorder (ADD), ADHD is a brain disorder that may hinder focus and prompt hyperactive or impulsive behavior. There are three categories of ADHD, including:
Individuals with this type of ADHD have trouble focusing, but don’t display the “restless” habits associated with the disorder. Because of this, their focus troubles may be dismissed as daydreaming or other learning disorders.
Children with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD struggle to stay still and feel the need to move constantly. Adults, on the other hand, typically appear restless or fidgety.
This type of ADHD makes it difficult to focus and presents physical symptoms.
Each type of ADHD poses academic, social, and vocational challenges and can further be diagnosed in a range from mild to severe.
ADHD Myths Debunked
Each year one ADHD organization will set the theme for ADHD Awareness Month. For 2019, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) selected “ADHD Myths and Facts” to demystify the condition and address common misconceptions. When unchallenged, these myths often cause individuals with ADHD to be overlooked, misunderstood, and even mistreated.
Only boys have ADHD.
Anyone can be diagnosed with ADHD. Some people incorrectly believe that the condition is different in male and female subjects, but this is not the case. Instead, presentation varies from person to person regardless of gender.
ADHD is a hoax or an excuse for bad behavior.
When children with ADHD struggle to pay attention in class, follow directions, or stay still, they are not seeking attention or ignoring good manners. Instead, they are simply exhibiting neuro-atypical behaviors that are part of their cognitive function. In fact, harsh punishments for these behaviors only have the opposite effect, diminishing focus, and increasing physical agitation. And the same goes for adults – ADHD presentation is never just “acting out.”
Kids and adults with ADHD can’t be successful in life.
Countless children and adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD have pursued their goals and achieved great things. You may even have heard of a few of them, including Michael Jordan, Brittany Spears, Zooey Deschanel, Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates. While they may face challenges, there is no limit to what people with ADHD can accomplish.
Like everyone, people with ADHD require the support of loved ones, healthcare professionals, educators, and colleagues to succeed. However, with appropriate testing and diagnosis, children and adults can receive the treatment they need to thrive.
Learn More about ADHD
ADHD doesn’t have to control your or your child’s life, and resources are available in your community. To learn more about ADHD diagnosis and treatment, contact Chai Urgent Care today. Our locations across New York and New Jersey are open seven days a week until midnight, so you can see a doctor whenever it’s convenient for you. To learn more, contact us online today.