By: Krystle Crossman
ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) is a very common diagnosis among young children these days. Adults are also diagnosed but not quite as often. There are myths about ADHD that you may hear from time to time. Here are five myths and the real side to each:
1. Only kids have ADHD symptoms: While the average age that ADHD symptoms can develop is 7 years old, there is no age cap on how long those symptoms last. Studies have shown that children who have ADHD carry symptoms on into their teen years and at least 50% carry the symptoms into adulthood.
2. ADHD isn’t a real disorder, it is just a way to prescribe medication: Yes, children with ADHD are hyper and many teachers and parents have a hard time adjusting to the symptoms. However a diagnosis of ADHD is not just a way to push medication on the children so that they are easier to deal with. ADHD is recognized in the DSM as a disorder and has been shown to be a disorder that is genetic. It is recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Institute of Health.
3. Adults who have ADHD aren’t usually successful: Adam Levine of Maroon 5 has ADHD. Solange Knowles has ADHD. Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps has ADHD. These three people are proof that you can do amazing things even if you are struggling with ADHD symptoms. Many adults find coping mechanisms to help them lessen the impact that the symptoms have on their lives. Some find that medication is helpful, but this is not always the case.
4. Boys are more prone to ADHD than girls: While it may seem that you notice ADHD symptoms more in boys, studies have shown that girls internalize the symptoms more. Instead of showing hyperactivity they tend to have focus issues that impede learning. They are often not as vocal about what they are experiencing so it may seem that they do not have ADHD.
5. Eating too much sugar is to blame for ADHD: No, sugar does not cause ADHD. There isn’t even any evidence that it makes the symptoms worse. During studies mothers showed that they had it in their minds that sugar makes their kids more hyper so when they ingested sugar they were watched more closely.