How to Bust Common ADHD Myths

There are many myths about people who have ADHD that it is hard to keep them all straight. The main thing to consider is they may have some basis in truth but they are not always complete fact. Learn more about common myths around ADHD and how to combat them.

Not a Real Disorder

ADHD is recognized as a disorder by the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, United States Congress, Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, American Medical Association, and many others. Part of misunderstanding ADHD stems from the fact no test can truly identify ADHD. a doctor cannot confirm the diagnosis through lab tests like other medical diseases, including diabetes. Clear criteria must be met for a diagnosis as symptoms may vary.

Poor Parenting

Negative feelings of self blame in parents is not the cause of ADHD. Positive parenting with clear expectations and consequences and predictable routines help someone with ADHD symptoms. A home setting that is chaotic or punitive parenting styles can worsen symptoms. The best thing to do is get positive parenting skills and a solid routine that works to keep everyone on a good path with nutrition, sleep, and overall health for the betterment of the whole family.

Child’s Condition

Though symptoms of ADHD must be present by age 7 to meet a diagnostic criteria, many people remain undiagnosed until adulthood. For some adults, a diagnosis is made after their child is diagnosed. As the adult learns more and more about ADHD, he or she recognizes the traits in themselves and think back to childhood. They may recall struggles in school and issues with attention that were never treated. Thirty to 70 percent of children with ADHD continue to exhibit symptoms into adulthood.


This myth has led to confusion about ADHD. This misunderstanding of hyperactivity is not always present. A person with inattentive symptoms may present as daydreamy and distracted, disorganized, forgetful, and careless. So often this gets overlooked but is no less stressful for the person.

Medication Cure

Medications do not cure ADHD. they can help control symptoms on the day they were taken but it is a chronic condition that does not go away. Symptoms may change or lessen but many people develop coping strategies to manage and support symptoms but need medical help to control it in adulthood. The challenge is that medications cannot take away all the symptoms. Management is key throughout a person’s life.

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