Myth: ADHD is an excuse for laziness

It can somewhat easy to see why some people would think that ADHD is just an excuse for being lazy. That there is a lack of willpower. There are quite a few tasks that kids and adults with ADHD really struggle with, such as planning, organization, paying attention, or managing emotions, just to name a few.

It can be easy to see why some may think this is the case, especially when we have an easy time focusing on things we’re interested in and struggle to do the same when it comes to our job, schoolwork, or housework.

Fact is: it’s quite the opposite. ADHD is not an excuse for laziness or lack of willpower.

The thing that people don’t realize is our ADHD brains are really working hard. Our brains are working extremely hard to organize a huge amount of information. Remember that organization doesn’t always comes easily to those of us with ADHD.

It has nothing to do with willpower. It has nothing to do with “if only we tried harder.”

We are trying so much harder than I can explain. So much more than any of us can really explain, I imagine.

The fact is ADHD has more to do with the way our brain is wired. It is about the chemical dynamics within the ADHDer’s brain. Because of how our brain is wired, we struggle with executive functions, such as planning, organization, and paying attention.

Sure, there are times when we are being a bit lazy, but that’s much like most people. We are only human. And I think it’s normal for humans/people to feel a little lazy once in a while. However, contrary to popular believe, kids and adults with ADHD are not always lazy.

At the end of the day, this is just one of the several myths and misconceptions out there about ADHD.

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  • I heard that myth a lot. It’s sad that myth exists.

    • I totally agree. It really is sad that people believe this.

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