Myths about ADHD are persistent and pervasive. That’s why I created a nonsense-busting appendix in my book (Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?) called “But I Heard That” …. More Background for the Unconvinced.
“…The Symptoms Are Basic Human Behaviors”
Taken singly, ADHD symptoms do resemble typical human behaviors—because they are. “ADHD is a matter of severity, an exaggeration of normal human behaviors,” explains physician, author, and ADHD expert Patricia Quinn.
Furthermore, you can have a little ADHD or a lot or be somewhere in the middle. Debunking his second big myth about ADHD (that everyone has it), University of Pennsylvania psychologist J. Russell Ramsay puts it this way: “Saying that everyone who has some trouble with organization and procrastination has ADHD stands akin to claiming that because everyone periodically feels sad or nervous, that everyone has depression or anxiety disorders.”
In fact, careful research that measured people with ADHD against a control group revealed that control group members might display only one or two symptoms among the current list of 18 possible symptoms, demonstrating that “everyone” does not have ADHD.
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