The Common Myths and Misconceptions of ADHD (ADD)

There are many myths and misconceptions about Adult Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also known as Adult Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Here we separate the myths from the facts to help you to understand more about the condition.

Myth 1: ADHD/ADD Is Not A Real Disorder

Some wrongly believe that ADHD is not a real medical condition and that it is just a personality trait or poor behaviour.

ADHD has been recognised as a legitimate medical disorder by major medical, psychological, and educational organisations.

Research shows that ADHD is a result of an imbalance of chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, within the brain. Brain scans highlight differences in brain development of those with ADHD.  

There is a 57% chance that a child will inherit ADHD from a biological parent who has the condition.

Myth 2: If you’re not diagnosed with ADHD as a child, you cannot get it as an adult.

An adult ADHD diagnosis signals undiagnosed childhood ADHD. Medical research has supported that for those with what appeared to be adult-onset ADHD, further research showed that their adult-onset symptoms were traced back to their childhood or were better explained by other factors. These factors included psychological trauma, depressive symptoms and drug use, which can affect concentration.

 Myth 3: If You’re Intelligent, You Can’t Have ADHD

 The common myth used to be that if you have ADHD, you’re not intelligent, and if you are intelligent, you can’t have ADHD. Of course, this isn’t true. ADHD does not discriminate based on intelligence, and intelligent people still need treatment.

Myth 4: Adult Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Only Affects Men

Women are just as likely to have ADHD, as gender makes no difference in the symptoms caused by the disorder. But because this myth persists, both in childhood and adulthood, men are more likely to be diagnosed than women.

Myth 5: Medication Can Cure ADHD

Medications help to control the symptoms of ADHD, but ADHD is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. Many develop coping strategies as they learn to manage the symptoms of the disorder over time. Some will continue to use prescribed medication and therapy throughout their lives.

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