Myths of ADHD

Myth #1: ADHD is not a real condition.

FACT: ADHD is a medically recognized neuro developmental condition, which affects the neurotransmitters ability to transfer messages through the frontal lobes of the brain. . It is important to note that having some symptoms commonly associated with ADHD does not necessarily mean a person has ADHD. Only Paediatricians or Psychiatrists can accurately diagnose ADHD.

Myth #2: A simple test can determine if someone has ADHD.

FACT: There is no simple diagnostic test that can specifically identify ADHD, as can be done with other disorders such as diabetes or heart conditions. As much information as possible will be gathered about the individual through interviews, observation, assessments, and school records. This helps Paediatricians or Psychiatrists make an accurate diagnosis and rule out other possible causes of symptoms.

Myth #3: ADHD is just a childhood condition.

FACT: ADHD can affect children, teenagers, and adults throughout their lives.

Myth #4: ADHD is a behavioural condition and all people with ADHD are badly behaved.

FACT: ADHD can sometimes only affect concentration. This typically means the child has no behavioural issues but may underperform academically.  Similarly, if the needs of children and teens with ADHD are not sufficiently supported, they can develop behavioural issues. 

Myth #5: Poor parenting can result in ADHD.

FACT: ADHD is not caused by bad parenting or by anything you or a loved one has done. Simply applying more discipline, without accounting for the symptoms of ADHD, may not help. However, setting clear and consistent expectations and establishing a home environment with predictable routines can help in the management of ADHD.

Myth #6: Only boys have ADHD

FACT: Girls are equally susceptible to ADHD, it is just hugely underdiagnosed in girls as they typically present with the inattentive variety of ADHD which is easier to mask.