Misconceptions/Myths

ADHD didn’t exist in my day

There are several things that ADHDers hear, which can be difficult to hear. Its not pleasant to hear or have to deal with in a conversation.

I have addressed one in a previous post, which is when people may tell us to try harder.

Here’s something else that people will say: “ADHD didn’t exist when I was young/in my day.”

The thing with this is that it may seem like it didn’t exist, when in fact it did. It’s just that no one really knew about it. It’s only in the last few decades, I would say, that people have been diagnosed with ADHD and are able to be treated for it as well.

So, I think that it’s safe to say that there was probably a huge period of time when people struggled with ADHD and weren’t being treated, because it wasn’t a disorder yet. It wasn’t accepted by psychological and psychiatric associations. Because no one was aware that people struggled with issues of concentration, organization, and anything else that individuals with ADHD struggle with on a daily basis.

This is definitely something to keep in mind, when people say “ADHD didn’t exist in my day”, or something along those lines. Something that may not be fully accurate, although people may not realize it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: