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Myths about ADHD

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28 Jun 2016 - General
 

Below  are most common myths about Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, which I have been answering to parents as well as school authorities. Would appreciate contribution from fellow health professionals on questions faced by them and appropriate answers to them. 

  1. There is no such medical condition as ADHD - Since the symptoms of ADHD can be seen in most of the kids during their growing years, lot of parents do not regard it as a medical condition.

  2. ADHD is caused by bad parenting - This is again a common myth where a child's behavior is linked to the parenting styles. Parents who are negative in their interaction with kids having ADHD are more likely to do so because these kids are often non-compliant.

  3. Having ADHD means the person is lazy or dumb - Having ADHD doesn't mean that the child has low intellect or that he or she is dumb. Since these kids are attention based concerns certain task are very challenging for them and on the other hand few of them are high on energy and are creative. If their energy is channelize, they turn out be more accomplished than kids who do not have ADHD.

  4. Only kids who are Hyper have ADHD - Hyperactivity is one of the most common symptoms of ADHD. Not necessarily that all the kids who are hyperactive have ADHD. It is quite possible that a kid may not be hyperactive but still suffer from ADHD.

  5. Children with ADHD are learning to use the condition as an excuse for their behavior - ADHD is an impairment. Kids with ADHD do not choose to behave or misbehave in certain way. Over time, they just learn to cope with their symptoms and function well.

  6. ADHD is a result of a child eating too much sugar - There has been no definite research about the theory that ADHD is caused due to the excessive intake of sugar. But yes, if a child has been diagnosed with ADHD, then his diet ideally should not include excessive amount of sugar or other allergens.

  7. Children can outgrow ADHD - About 70 out of 100 children with ADHD continue to have symptoms during their teen years and about 50 out of 100 have symptoms into adulthood. Although some symptoms usually continue into adulthood, however by developing their strengths, structuring their environments, and using medication when needed, children with ADHD can grow up to be adults leading very productive lives.

  8. ADHD isn't associated with any other conditions - A majority of kids with ADHD have at least one of the coexisting conditions or might later develop it:

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Conduct Disorder

  • Learning Disability

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder