Myths And Facts About ADHD

Adult ADHDThere are many common misconceptions about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that are important to consider.

Myth: “ADD is over diagnosed.”
Fact: According to recent studies, ADD/ADHD is actually under diagnosed. In an article of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry , Richard D. Todd, Ph.D., M.D. reports initial results from twin-based population studies which suggest that ADHD is underdiagnosed, has complex mechanisms of comorbidity, and is genetically heterogeneous.

Myth: “Bad parenting is responsible for ADHD.”
Fact: ADHD is not caused by poor parenting. However, research repeatedly demonstrates that ADHD runs in families, which may account for this misconception. Recently published data in Pediatric Annals indicate that the child of an adult with ADHD has approximately a 25% chance of having ADHD. There are also indications that ADHD that persists into adulthood is more highly genetic than ADHD that diminishes in childhood. Overall studies have concluded that heredity explains the majority of ADHD-like behavior exhibited by children.

Myth: “ADHD affects males more than females.”
Fact: As children, the male to female ratio is 4:1, as girls are often under diagnosed. Among adults, almost as many women as men seek treatment for ADHD. In children, girls may exhibit symptoms of ADHD in less obvious ways such as speaking rapidly or excessively.

Myth: “He can focus on video games for hours. He can’t have ADHD.”
Fact: Sometimes people with ADHD have a tendency to hyper-focus. They focus on one thing and ignore everything else around them. This can seem contradictory to many parents and those who know someone with ADHD.

Myth: “ADHD is not a medical condition.”
Fact: ADHD is a medical condition, linked to chemical differences in the brain. It is officially recognized by leading medical experts and institutions, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Psychiatric Association, and many others.


Most medical doctors who treat ADD/ADHD do so as part of a larger practice. ADHD Specialists focuses primarily on only treating ADD and related conditions. This intense focus allows us to continually sharpen our clinical skills, attend specialized training, utilize the latest therapies, and build our process to meet the specific needs of our clients.

Often medical, testing and counseling services are all separately owned and located practices. It just does not make sense to have to travel from one location to another to treat the same condition. Besides the issue of time and travel, how cohesive and effective is care being delivered in multiple locations by multiple, unrelated providers who don’t have time to talk to each other?

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