The truth about ADHD

ADHD is also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. You may have heard people say things such as “people with ADHD cannot sit still!”, or “ADHD is not real – those children are just naughty”. But not all these things are true.

Let’s find the truth behind some myths you may have heard about ADHD:

Myth: ADHD is not a real problem. A good hiding/hitting can fix it

Fact: ADHD is a mental illness that needs to be diagnosed by a professional and treated with medication.

Myth: If a person is hyperactive, they must have ADHD

Fact: Hyperactivity is one of the symptoms of ADHD, but just because someone is hyperactive, doesn't meant that they have ADHD. There are other reasons someone might be very active or not be able to sit still.

Myth: ADHD happens because parents don’t know how to take care of their children

Fact: ADHD is not caused by bad parenting. ADHD is caused by changes or differences in someone’s brain.

Myth: Only children can get ADHD, and they will grow out of it

Fact: Adults can also be diagnosed with ADHD. There is no time limit on ADHD, although it is usually diagnosed in childhood.

Having ADHD is nothing to be ashamed of, but it can be difficult to deal with for the person and those around them. It could even stop the person with ADHD from being able to learn or play like they want to. That’s why it’s a good idea to find out from a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist if there’s help or treatment for it.  

You can read more about ADHD in this article: What is ADHD?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 19 December 2018 19:21

Can a child's lack of sleep during the day and continuous hyperactive behavior be associated with ADHD?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 January 2019 09:40

Hi there, good question! ADHD is not always easy to diagnose. The answer depends on a lot of factors. Does it happen all the time or only at certain times? Does it happen in different settings (e.g. home and school) or just in one setting? Are they behaving differently to other children of their age? Hyperactive behaviour and lack of sleep can be also be caused by other factors, such as diet, mental health issues or medical disorders. If you are concerned about this child and want to check if it may be ADHD, only a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist who has consulted with the child will be able to tell for sure. It’s best to take them to a doctor and describe their symptoms and patterns of behaviour. Find your closest clinic or hospital here.