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ADD/ADHD: Myths and Facts

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Betsy Smith

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ADD/ADHD: Myths and Facts
What will you learn?
The symptoms of ADD and ADHD
Common misconceptions and myths of ADD/ADHD
The truth to these myths
Gain knowledge and additional resources
The symptoms of ADHD can be divided into three groups.
Myth #1
ADD/ADHD is Not a Real Disorder
Some individuals believe that the psychiatric community, teamed up with pharmaceutical companies and created this disorder to increase drug companies profits.
makes careless mistakes
Difficulty keeping attention
Does not seem to be listening
Does not follow through
Difficulty with organization
Loses things
Easily distracted
Leaves seat
Runs and climbs inappropriately
Difficulty being quiet
Energizer Bunny
Blurts out answers
Difficulty waiting on turn
The Truth
The National Institutes of Health, the Surgeon General, and an international community of clinical researchers, psychiatrists and physicians, all agree that it is a valid disorder with severe, lifelong consequences.
Myth #2
ADD/ADHD is a Disorder of Childhood
Many people believed that an individual would eventually outgrow this disorder
The Truth
This myth has been proven false by long-term studies showing that 70-80 percent of children with ADD/ADHD exhibit significant signs of restlessness and distractibility into adolescence and young adulthood. A large percentage suffer co-morbid psychiatric disorders, academic failure, and social isolation and rejection.
Myth #3
Children with ADD/ADHD are Over-Medicated
Critics of stimulant treatment contend that Ritalin is vastly over-prescribed.
The Truth
There has been an increase in prescriptions for stimulants, but it is believed that the cause is better diagnosis and more effective treatment of the disorder.

Myth #4
My Child is Just Lazy and Unmotivated
A lot of times parents blame their child as being lazy or unmotivated when they are really struggling with ADD/ADHD.

Ex. Struggles writing essay
The Truth
This behavior comes from difficulty in functioning. Children look to gain praise by doing good work. If an essay was easy for a child with ADD/ADHD to complete, then they would get rewarded just as anyone else would.
Myth #5
"He's a handful but that's normal. The just don't let kids be kids these days."
Yes, children often display impulsiveness and inattentiveness at times.
The Truth
For children with ADD/ADHD, they are more than just a "handful" for parents and teachers. His or her hyperactivity or inattentiveness effects day-to-day functions.

Ex. Ability to succeed at school, family routines, follow rules, or maintain friendships.
These myths and misconceptions can be dispelled through scientific studies and research to prove what is right and what is wrong.
Works Cited
"Myths and Misconceptions." healthchildren.org. American Academy of Pediatrics, 11 May 2013. Web. 20 Oct 2013. <http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/pages/Myths-and-Misconceptions.aspx>.
Ellison, Phyllis. "Science Over Cynicism: AD/HD Myths." help4adhd.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct 2013. <http://www.help4adhd.org/documents/June 2003 ADHD Myths.pdf>.
Carfagna, Angelo. "ADHD: Beyond the Myths." fdu.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct 2013. <http://www.fdu.edu/newspubs/magazine/01sp/adhd.html>.
Rogge, Timothy, ed. "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder." MedlinePlus. N.p., 0325 Mar 2012. Web. 20 Oct 2013. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001551.htm>.
By:Betsy Smith
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