5 Common Myths About ADHD That Should Stop Today
We live in the internet age, where information is vast and free, and researching on any topic is only a search button away. However, we also live at a time when myths are equally debunked and spread. The term ‘viral’ now applies to information rapidly spreading, giving weight to false information disseminating quicker than real news.
Bearing this in mind, one can’t help but think of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and all the myths surrounding it. ADHD is a chronic medical condition that leads to difficulty in paying attention, being extra hyper and struggling to sit still or have self-control. ADHD is often diagnosed at a young age, based on reports of poor concentration in classrooms and high activity levels that disturb parents and teachers alike.
Here are some common myths about ADHD, which is an essentially treatable condition.
“ADHD is not a real condition.”
ADHD is a biological condition, with research even showing it is hereditary. A child would likely have inherited genes from their parents and families, close enquiry revealing usually other affected members. More often than not, children with ADHD are called “lazy” and scolded for not being able to pay attention. The truth is, it is not the child’s fault when they are unable to pay attention or sit still. Comparing children with ADHD with those who don’t has revealed both significant differences in brain development and psychological functioning. In formal psychiatric classifications, ADHD is categorised into three types, inattentive, hyperactive, and combined.
“ADHD happens because of parents and their parenting style.”
Before ADHD diagnosis came into the picture, most children with the condition were berated for having behavioural issues. This led to people even blaming the parents for not taking cognisance of their children’s “bad” behaviour. It is well understood that the hyperactive-impulsive drive in ADHD that leads to behavioural dysfunction is biological, with the chemical systems in the brain being affected during neurodevelopment. Thus, irrespective of how strict, lenient, friendly, or caring the parents are, a child with ADHD may require medication and/ or therapy to help manage their condition. Children with ADHD can gain a lot from positive reinforcement and a structure tailor-made for them. As children with ADHD find it difficult to adapt with societal needs, effective treatment strategies become necessary. It important not to play on to the myth that ADHD stems from bad parenting alone.
“Children with ADHD always suffer from a learning disability.”
While some children with ADHD may have a co-existing learning disability for reading, writing or arithmetic, many children or adults with ADHD can understand and learn. However, the difficulty in paying attention, focus; easy distractibility and hyperactivity could lead to impaired learning and working memory. Children with ADHD and LD will require treatment for both conditions. However, those with ADHD without LD, can be helped to achieve their learning potential by improving their attention, reducing hyperactivity and with continued learning practice.
Here’s a story of hope that proves that ADHD isn’t a learning disability. About six years ago, the Neurokrish team met Master ‘S’ who was nicknamed as Taz, a direct reference to the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes show. Adorable but disruptive, Taz displayed features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD, with profound hyperactivity that disrupted his and his family’s daily life. He was offered a combination of behaviour therapy, Neurodevelopmental therapy and family counselling, in addition to being prescribed medication to improve attention and stabilise his mood. The result? He evolved and showcased an affinity towards mathematics. With sustained therapy and vigilant monitoring, Taz’s progress was not a medical miracle; rather a combination of systematic efforts and medical support. This integrated approach of Buddhi Clinic spells hope for children with ADHD achieving their potential.
“It’s normal to be a daydreamer or a handful.”
It has been found that ADHD among boys is noticed more than among girls. While boys would be considered boisterous and destructive, girls are found to be leaning towards being termed as ‘daydreamers’. Nevertheless, this myth is normalised by adults who see nothing wrong in this, therefore refusing to acknowledge this condition. Without help, the child grows up to find it challenging to fit in society and accomplishing tasks because they never received the help when they needed it the most. This also propagates the grown child to harbour serious self-esteem issues resulting in depression, social avoidance, challenging behaviours and in extreme cases, even substance abuse and self harm. Life with children with ADHD can be challenging but as parents and primary caregivers, if you spot the signs you can help control daily challenges, symptoms and lead a life with peace and understanding.
“ADHD is not something to be taken too seriously.”
ADHD is a medical condition that warrants serious attention and help. It may not be life-threatening, but ignoring it can lead to cumulative difficulties in education, socialisation and family life for those affected, apart from problems in education and at work. People with ADHD can also have serious anxiety issues or mood disorders when their diagnosis is neglected or when they do not receive enough help at the right stages. While a sheltered and supportive upbringing may protect them during childhood, continued problems in adulthood can result in failure to be accepted in higher educational systems or in the workplace. For all these reasons greater awareness about ADHD must be emphasised, as also early intervention that helps the person achieve their potential and integrate in society.
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