Common Misconceptions of ADHD: A Mom’s Perspective



  • Too many kids are on medicine for no reason or just because they are a behavioral problem.”
  • “I would never medicate my child.”
  •  “There’s nothing wrong with her that a little discipline wouldn’t help.”
  •  “That child is just a daydreamer.”

These are just some of the misconceptions I have heard people say about children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).   People are very quick to dismiss ADHD as a character defect or even something fabricated. The truth of the matter is that ADHD (sometimes called ADD) is not an imaginary thing that doctors and parents created to explain away bad behavior.   In fact, it is a neurological disorder—a real, live brain issue—that affects the frontal lobe of the brain. This is the area that controls attention, behavior regulation and organization (Tarnow Center). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists have not found a cause for ADHD, but they do know that it typically runs in families. (This is where my husband and I start pointing fingers.)

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