Jim Livingstone

ADHD FACTS & FICTION…the basics.

1. ADHD is a neurological condition: It is not a character flaw or a result of poor upbringing. ADHD has a strong genetic component and often runs in families.

2. ADHD affects executive functions: This impacts the ability to organize, regulate impulse control, manage time effectively, maintain attention, and set priorities.

3. Symptoms differ in adults: While hyperactivity is often less pronounced than in children, in adults, ADHD may present as restlessness, difficulty in completing tasks, or persistent impulsiveness. Hyperactivity can also be more mental than physical.

4. Diagnosis in adults is common: Many adults are diagnosed later in life due to a greater awareness of the condition and better diagnostic methods.

5. ADHD is manageable: Through medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and coping strategies, individuals with ADHD can manage symptoms and lead successful lives.

6. Adults with ADHD can have successful careers: They often excel in creative and dynamic fields that match their energy levels and ability to think outside the box.

7. ADHD is not caused by diet: Although a healthy diet is important for overall well-being, no specific diet will cure ADHD.

8. ADHD comes with strength: Many adults with ADHD are exceptionally creative, energetic, intuitive, and able to think laterally.

9. Treatment is tailored to the individual: There is no one-size-fits-all approach for managing ADHD, so treatment plans should be individualized. It’s a try-and-error process to find what works best for you.

10. ADHD does not affect intelligence: People with ADHD have a wide range of IQ scores, just like the general population.

1. ADHD is just an excuse for laziness or lack of discipline: This is a common misconception. ADHD is a legitimate neurological condition, not a personal choice or moral failing.

2. Adults outgrow ADHD: ADHD can continue into adulthood. While some individuals may develop coping strategies that mask or manage symptoms effectively, the underlying condition remains.

3. All adults with ADHD are hyperactive: The presentation of ADHD can vary greatly; some may have prominent inattentive symptoms without noticeable hyperactivity.

4. ADHD medication leads to substance abuse: Stimulant medications, when properly prescribed and monitored, do not increase the risk of substance abuse and can actually lower it in individuals with ADHD.

5. ADHD isn’t a real medical condition: ADHD is widely recognized and validated by medical institutions, supported by decades of research.

6. People with ADHD cannot focus on anything: Adults with ADHD often have the ability to “hyperfocus” on tasks they find stimulating or rewarding.

7. ADHD only affects men/boys: While historically it was thought to be more common in males, ADHD is diagnosed in both men and women, with growing awareness of its manifestation in females.

8. If you are organized or successful, you don’t have ADHD: ADHD impacts individuals differently; some can be highly organized or successful in their careers, especially with effective coping strategies.

9. ADHD medications cure the disorder: Medications can manage symptoms of ADHD, but they do not cure the disorder. Managing ADHD often requires a comprehensive approach, including behavioural strategies.

10. Adults with ADHD are just seeking drugs: The stigma that adults are seeking stimulant medications recreationally overlooks the genuine struggle of those with ADHD and the benefits of proper medication.

Feel free to share this information to facilitate a better understanding of ADHD. If either you or someone you share this information with has specific questions about ADHD drop me an email jim@jimlivingstone.com.au and I will research it for you, cheers 

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