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    Misconceptions/Myths

    Myth: Just caused by poor parenting

    There are quite a few myths and misconceptions about ADHD. I have discussed some in previous posts and I’m about to address another. Another misconception about ADHD: it’s causes by poor parenting. I’m here to tell you that this isn’t the case. ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder, after all. Sure, lax parenting can cause misbehavior and make things appear worse. However, even if the parents change their parenting style, the ADHD symptoms won’t go away entirely. The child will still struggle with their ADHD. So, although research shows there may be some environmental causes, there is no link between ADHD and bad parenting. For all the parents out there with…

  • 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…

  • Misconceptions/Myths

    Myth: We’re all a little ADHD

    There are several things that neurotypicals say when we tell them we have ADHD, or they know we have it. Somethings aren’t always easy for us to hear, or accurate, or the best thing to say to someone with ADHD. One of them is ‘We’re all a little ADHD sometimes.’ This is something many of us with ADHD have heard at one point or another. Myself included. Now I know that this may just be an innocent comment. Everyone on Earth has forgotten something, lost phones or keys, been late to a meeting or class, and such. It’s normal and we’re only human. This does happen to everyone once in…

  • ADHD/ADD

    Don’t tell me to try harder

    Kids and adults with ADHD/ADD deal with a lot. We hear a lot of different things. Some good, some not. Some are helpful, others really aren’t. Either way, we hear a lot of different things. One thing that so many of us have heard is this: “You need to try harder.” This is something that many of us hear, myself included. Granted, I haven’t heard it often and some hear it more often than I do, but it is still something that I’ve heard and it’s still something that ADHDers/ADDers hear more often that we may like. There are a few things that I want to clear up about “trying…

  • ADHD/ADD,  Misconceptions/Myths

    Not just for kids

    When it comes to mental illnesses, or learning disabilities, and such, there are misconceptions. People have misconceptions. It can be easy to just assume or think certain things. It isn’t any different when talking about ADHD. There are myths and misconceptions about ADHD. One misconception/myth about ADHD is that it’s just kids who have it. That’s a disorder that only kids have. It is one of the biggest misconceptions out there. It is true that many kids out there have ADHD. One in 10 kids in the US have ADHD. That’s definitely a large number. It is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder in children, according to CADDAC (Centre For ADHD…

  • ADHD/ADD

    More than just attention issues

    So, my last few posts haven’t been ADHD related, and now may a good time to write about it. Something that maybe not all people with neurotypical brains understand about ADHD is that having ADHD is more than just attention issues. Or even being hyperactive. There’s quite a bit more to it that that. Sure, they may be the slightly more obvious or well-known aspects of ADHD. However, having ADHD affects so much more. As ADHDers, we struggle with a lot more than just attention issues and hyperactivity, which are only two components of it. ADHDers can be impulsive (whether it’s purchases or interrupting someone), will often misplace or lose…

  • ADHD/ADD

    ADHD stereotypes and misconceptions

    When it comes to ADHD and people who have it, I feel that there are quite a few stereotypes and misconceptions. Things that do negatively affect those of us who do have it. There are just so many things that people think they know about ADHD, which are just inaccurate. People may say that people with ADHD are lazy, that ADHD isn’t real, that we’re all a little ADHD sometimes, or that we just need to try harder. Believe or not, all of these are not true. People with ADHD aren’t lazy, ADHD is absolutely real, we are not all a little ADHD sometimes, and those of us with ADHD…