Fortunately, by now, most people are believers that ADHD exists.
ADHD is not a myth or an excuse. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both adults (2.5% – 4.4%) and children (9.4%) (ADDitudemag.com).
Individuals with ADHD are NOT:
- Unwilling to apply themselves or try hard enough.
- Unconcerned about others.
- Unable to focus.
- The sum of their ADHD symptoms.
- Who their parents/teachers/friends/relatives may have told them they are.
What is ADHD?
“Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” (National Institute of Mental Health)
ADHD is highly genetic:
Available evidence suggests that ADHD is highly genetic. (ADDitudemag.com)
- “At least one-third of all fathers who had ADHD in their youth have children with the condition.”
- The majority of identical twins share the ADHD trait.
One of the challenges of the genetic nature of ADHD is that traits become normalized, resulting in a lack of diagnosis for secondary generations.
- Individuals usually grow out of it or just “got it.” Yes, traits may not be as prevalent over time, but the condition generally does not go away.
- Everyone has a little ADHD. That’s kind of like being a little pregnant. You have it, or you don’t.
- Medications will make an individual appear negatively under the influence of drugs.
- ADHD accommodations are an unfair advantage.
- ADHD doesn’t affect people’s personal lives.
How may a non-neurotypical (ADHD) brain react differently?
- Less impulse control.
- Non-linear thinking.
- Higher emotional reaction.
- Challenge with working memory.
- Difficulty with time management.
If you have ADHD, what can you do about it?
- Accept your brain for the way it’s built. You can’t change that.
- Educate yourself and those around you about the challenges of having an ADHD brain.
- Be an observer of yourself. Where are you successful? Where are you challenged? Are there common denominators of success or challenges?
- Become informed about what processes and support structures have worked for others challenged with a non-neurotypical brain.
- Create opportunities for success and learning. Even small wins can help create success in larger endeavors.
- Medical Providers
- Mental Health Providers
- Online communities
- Family members
- Professional Organizers
Looking for more? Check out these powerful additional resources:
- ADDitude Magazine
- Treatment Matters: ADHD and Life Expectancy
- How To ADHD (an informational and entertaining look at ADHD)
- Dani Donovan has some great ADHD resources and comics that help explain ADHD when words don’t do the trick.
For a list of my favorite ADHD resources, check my website for more information.
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