This is a topic that I know I’ve written about before, and I’m sure other bloggers have as well. However, I feel that this topic is something that needs to be addressed.
As you may have guessed, that topic is misconceptions.
There are so many misconceptions out in the world, and not just about ADHD. There are misconceptions about so many things, like autism, mental health, abuse, eating disorders, just to name a few.
I was talking to someone about ADHD in girls. I explained that girls were just as likely to have ADHD but we’re more likely to have the inattentive type, which would make it seem as though boys are more likely to have it. This is a misconception that may people have. That it’s something that not many girls have.
Yes, this is an example of misconceptions that people have with ADHD. However, I’m sure there are a lot of misconceptions about other things as well.
And this can sometimes lead to some stigma, which doesn’t help the individuals affected by ADHD, learning disabilities, mental health issues, and so on.
Obviously I understand that we can know everything, or learn everything. We don’t have that much time, nor can we absorb all the information out there. It’s not something most people can do.
However, here are somethings that we can do to diminish the misconceptions and stigma.
First: Talk about these issues
We should talk about all these issues. Share information about ADHD, learning disabilities, mental health, autism, and I could go on. The more information that is shared, the more people may know about it and become aware of it.
Second: Be opened minded and willing to learn
Being opened minded and willing to learn about these issues will definitely help and make some impact. This may help for others to talk about these issues.
There are many misconceptions out there. Misconceptions about so many things. Although we may not be able to know everything, being opened minded and not judge may help in changing things. People may feel more comfortable in talking about various issues.
Hopefully this may help and there may be fewer misconceptions.
Great post. This is one good way to handle misconeptions.