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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!
Denial and misrepresentation of ADHD difficulties remains pervasive in spite of remarkable new science. One of the most important reasons, other than some simply not wanting to have a problem or take medications, is the fact that the basic new science is often overlooked. Most importantly, the psychiatric labels have not kept up with functional brain science. The current labels are too superficial, too descriptive, and lack functional biological significance.
The unhappy result of these circumstances: medical targets are imprecise, miss significant symptom objectives, and often are simply used capriciously. If docs don’t have a precise target, it’s almost impossible to hit the mark. Missing the mark directly correlates with encouraging denial.