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Two Common Myths about ADHD

Myth #1: ADHD isn’t a real medical disorder.
Research has shown that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Some of the common symptoms are impulsiveness, inattention, and hyperactivity. Those living with ADHD can struggle with time management and organization as a result of living with this disorder.

Major medical and educational organizations, such as the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Department of Education have recognized ADHD as a legitimate diagnosis, and the American Psychiatric Society recognizes ADHD as a mental disorder in their official mental health book, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is used by psychologists and psychiatrists.

Myth #2: Children with ADHD eventually outgrow their condition.
Of those living with childhood ADHD, more than 70% will continue to have it in adolescence and up to 50% will continue to have it in adulthood.

A majority of adults living with ADHD remain undiagnosed with only one in four seeking treatment. Unfortunately, without proper help for managing their ADHD, these adults are more vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.