ADHD Myths

ADHD is a common mental disorder that begins in childhood and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. It makes it hard for a child to focus and pay attention. And ADHD rarely appears alone and may be accompanied by reading problems such as dyslexia, anxiety or depression.  Here are some common myths and facts about ADHD.

Children on ADHD medications are more likely to take drugs as teenagers.
While people with ADHD are impulsive and more likely to take risks, patients taking stimulants for this disorder are actually at lower risk of using other drugs. Those who have ADHD and also have coexisting conditions though and may be at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse, regardless of the medication used.

Kids with ADHD are lazy or dumb and won’t amount to anything.
ADHD has nothing to do with a person’s intellectual ability. Many famous artists, scientists, and politicians had ADHD as children such as: Ansel Adams, Charlotte Bronte, Salvador Dali, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, John F. Kennedy, Jack Nicholson and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Kids with ADHD are just poorly disciplined.
ADHD is a condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior. While they have not yet found the exact cause of ADHD, researchers have discovered a change in brain size and activity in children with ADHD.

There is no cure for ADHD but children and adults with the disorder can get better with treatment. Treatments are usually a combination of behavior therapy and medication and can also include coaching and/or tutoring to develop organizational skills, physical exercise, meditation and mindfulness training, and good nutrition.

For more information, visit ADHD and ADD on our website where you can download publications from MHA Texas, NIMH and SAMSHA.