Throughout history, whenever we haven’t clearly understood a phenomenon, myths have substituted and passed for knowledge. As more of us learn about ADHD, the common misconceptions we encounter (especially in comments to news articles!) may disappear entirely. We can only hope.
I’ve created this new ADHD Myth-Busting Series to help you educate the public (and even “resistant” family members) in these areas:
- Understanding that ADHD affects children and adults.
- Pushing aside mistaken notions that ADHD is an excuse for irresponsibility, a “typical human behavior,” a by-product of modern life, or a pharmaceutical company invention.
- Knowing that ADHD is not, in fact, a “controversial” diagnosis and that all significant scientific and medical bodies agree that ADHD is a valid medical condition.
- Realizing that, left unaddressed, some ADHD symptoms can yield serious consequences
Here are the seven specific myths I will be exploring in the weeks to come; I welcome you to submit more myths and your ideas on countering them. Just write to me by clicking “Contact Gina” at the top of this page. Thanks!
- “…ADHD Is for Children”
- “. . .ADHD’s Just an Excuse for Irresponsibility”
- “…The Symptoms Are Basic Human Behaviors”
- “. . .Modern Life Makes Us All Act ‘ADHD’ish’”
- “…It’s a Ruse to Make Pharmaceutical Firms Rich”
- “…ADHD Is a Controversial Diagnosis”
- “…ADHD Is a Minor Difference, Not a Big Deal”