Myth-Busting

We don’t lack for information on Adult ADHD. But, unfortunately, we also don’t lack for myths. Which is which?

I wrote these Adult ADHD myth-busting posts early in the ADHD Roller Coaster’s life, starting in 2008.

By now, some of these myths are well-understood — but not by everyone!

—Gina Pera

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Medications

Myth #9: Medication Only for Severe ADHD

Myth #9: ADHD medication should be reserved only for severe cases. Who made that rule? Who knows. Sounds Puritanical. Or, in the case of hucksters exploiting the “ADHD Market,” marketing. You might have heard ADHD

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ADHD Myth 3 ADHD Symptoms Are Just Human Behaviors. Gina Pera's ADHD Roller Coaster Blog
Myth-Busting

Myth #3: ADHD Symptoms are Simply Human Behaviors

Taken singly, ADHD symptoms do resemble typical human behaviors—because they are. But there’s nothing “simple” about it. “ADHD is a matter of severity, an exaggeration of normal human behaviors,” explains physician, author, and ADHD expert

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Myth-Busting

Perfectionists Can Have ADHD, Too

To people who don’t truly understand Adult ADHD, it seems a ridiculous oxymoron: A perfectionist person with ADHD?  Yet, the phenomenon is surprisingly common. For example, I hear among perfectionism among my friends with ADHD who

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ADHD News & Research

The Tragic Truth Of Prescription Adderall, or “Madderall”

The topic here is prescription Adderall. Specifically: Adderall is too often prescribed badly.  Adderall effects on personality can include irritability, anger, lowered empathy, reduced self-awareness, and even mania.   Moreover, reckless prescribing patterns have intensified

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Myth-Busting

Knowing ADHD Facts Makes You Gaslight-Proof

Is there a connection between ADHD and this phenomenon called  gaslighting? Potentially. But, as with most ADHD-related topics, it’s complicated. In this post, I examine the topic from a few angles. I’m seeing more talk

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ADHD News & Research

10,000 Toddlers Medicated for ADHD? Part 1

To the uninitiated, it sounds horrifying: Toddlers medicated for ADHD!  They’re drugging babies! Yet, if you understand the ADHD-associated range of physical symptoms—and physical risks—the reasons are obvious. If you still believe ADHD is a

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ADHD News & Research

ADHD and Nicotine — Historical Ads

Decades ago, I noticed a connection between ADHD and nicotine. For example, the adults in my local discussion group who had smoked cigarettes as teens and young adults reported the least “psychological baggage” from living

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