People who are not that familiar with ADHD can have one or two misconceptions in mind concerning this condition. These misconceptions can either be caused by the similarity of ADHD’s symptoms with the common behavioral problems of children or perhaps, these wrong notions emanated from the lack of a clear-cut medical explanation on its real causes. Examples of these misconceptions can be reflected from the cartoon featured at the bottom of this post and can be further explicated as follows:
1. ADHD is not a real medical concern or disorder
The foremost misconception that people have on ADHD is its mere existence or reality; that all children will normally have behavioral concerns including the symptoms of ADHD. The truth is; ADHD is now a widely acknowledged and recognized biological condition by the medical society, health experts, and concerned agencies from around the world. It can be proven from tests that there are really biological and chemical imbalances in a child’s brain which affects his or her behavior and emotion.
2. ADHD can be outgrown by the child
This misconception is somewhat related to the first one. That children suffering from ADHD can eventually be free from it when they grow up. But this is not the real case. The effects or symptoms of ADHD can always last until the child grows old if there are no efforts to improve the condition. If you see adults who have successfully freed themselves from this concern from childhood, it only means that they, including their family members, teachers, and doctors have successfully managed the ADHD condition or symptoms.
3. Only children can have ADHD
Based on the explanation on the second misconception, it can already answer another fallacy; that only children suffer from ADHD. As mentioned above if ADHD is not controlled or managed during childhood, a person can carry this burden until adulthood. Based on studies, about 4 percent of adults aged 18 years and above have ADHD.
4. Children claimed to have ADHD are only lazy, unintelligent, and unmotivated
People who don’t really know personally a child with ADHD will often conclude that the symptoms he or she exhibits are merely excuses for being lazy, dull, unintelligent, or unmotivated. This is certainly a misjudgment. Children with ADHD are acting and behaving the way they do in an involuntary manner. As mentioned above there are chemical imbalances or anomalies on the child’s brain that’s causing them to exhibit said mental and emotional symptoms.
5. ADHD is caused by bad or poor parenting, teaching, or upbringing
This misconception usually comes from the conventional belief that a child’s attitude reflects how he or she was raised by his or her parents or perhaps, what the child learns from school. This is certainly not true. On the other hand, good parenting and modified teaching can be used positively to eventually help the child improve or get rid of ADHD.
6. ADHD is caused by excessive exposure to the television, computer, and other electronic devices
Because television and computer games have been the main sources of a child’s distraction, these technological devices have also been blamed to cause ADHD. Although environmental influences have their own effect in acquiring ADHD, the main culprit is still biological. ADHD usually develops from the earliest months or years of a child and most of the time, it even exists from birth.
7. ADHD is related to mental problems or insanity
One of the most hurting judgments that a child with ADHD can get is that he or she is mentally ill. This is both wrong and certainly hurting. Although ADHD concerns problem on the child’s brain functions, it is not related to several other kinds of mental problems particularly that of insanity.
Bonus: Children with ADHD will be impossible to teach
A child with ADHD is not hopeless when it comes to studying or learning. These children have that same learning capacity or limit with normal children and the only difference lies on their slower or special needs to assimilate the things they learn. As a medical expert would suggest, you only need to adapt a slightly different style in teaching or educating children with ADHD.