8 Myths about ADHD ...

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A decade or so ago, a child’s diagnosis of ADHD would send a parent into a flurry of worry, but nowadays, we know so much about the condition, and there are so many ways to treat it, there’s no need to panic.

A few conversations with your child’s teachers and pediatrician will reveal that so many of the frightening, disheartening myths about ADHD are just that — myths!

Here are a few myths about ADHD, with real facts to disprove them all.

1. Kids Outgrow It

If ADHD is left untreated, it will follow the child into their teen years, and often into adulthood.

That’s why successful, early treatment, including behavior modification and perhaps pharmaceutical therapy, is so important.

2. Only Hyper Kids Have It

This isn’t true.

Some children have ADHD without exhibiting any hyper-activity at all, while in other children, that hyper behavior is almost a trademark.

There are three sub-types of ADHD, so it’s completely possible for a child who sits still with ease to have the “inattentive” condition — and for a child who is hyper to have the more “hyperactive/compulsive” sub-type.

3. It’s a Discipline Issue, That’s All

ADHD is a real physical ailment, one that can cause children with the disorder to have difficulty controlling some of their behavior.

This doesn’t mean they’re “bad” or “troubled” any more than any other child, and a child with ADHD didn’t develop it due to poor discipline.

4. It’s Caused by a Poor Diet

While too much fat or sugar in anyone’s diet isn’t healthy, it doesn’t cause or worsen ADHD.3

Sugar and caffeine can make children hyper, which may cause them to have a hard time focusing, but that’s not the same as ADHD.

5. Ritalin (or Another Pill) Can Cure It

Right now, there’s no “cure” for ADHD, but the drug Ritalin has proven to be very effective at helping children with add focus and be less hyperactive.

On its own, though, it’s not going to work very well — it must be part of an overall treatment plan that features tutoring, among other things.

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