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10 Myths about ADD and ADHD

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Adult ADHD is gaining recognition as a legitimate disorder amongst mental health professionals and society; it has been perceived by many to be a new disorder, or something made up by psychiatrists to create another label. Like most things we don't know much about, ADD and ADHD have been subjected to skepticism and myths. Many believe that ADD and ADHD is a make believe disorder, created by psychiatrists and drug companies to sell more expensive prescription drugs, which can have many negative side effects. While skepticism of the motives of big pharma, and awareness of alternative health methods is a good thing, in the case of adult ADHD the symptoms are very real, and can wreak havoc in the lives of those who suffer with it.

Adult ADD and ADHD has been with us forever, but has only recently been recognized and labeled by mental health professionals. Most adults who have been diagnosed with this disorder should have been diagnosed in childhood, but weren't. While ADHD and ADD is real, the myths continue. So what are some of the most common myths surrounding adult ADHD?

1. ADHD is a disorder for children, and adults can not have ADHD.

While it's more likely that children will be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, adults can, and do, suffer from ADHD. Most adults who are diagnosed with ADHD had the disorder as children, but were either not diagnosed, or misdiagnosed.

2. Adults with ADHD simply need to get more disciplined, and organize their lives.

Many adults with ADHD have tried, and failed, to lead more disciplined and organized lives. The disorder makes it difficult, or nearly impossible, for adult sufferers to maintain the focus necessary to stay on track and get organized.

3. ADHD symptoms can be overcome without intervention.

Some adults with ADD/ADHD find enough self help treatments to live an organized disciplined life. They create to do lists, take advantage of calendars and timers, and find other ways to organize their life. For many adults with ADD/ADHD these methods do not help, and they need to seek help from physicians, personal organizers and counsellors.

4. ADHD is a make believe disorder.

With the large number of kids being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, parents and teachers naturally question whether ADD is a real disorder, but the symptoms of ADHD and the effect these disruptive symptoms have are very real, a fact neither teachers or parents can deny.

5. People who seek ADHD drugs are really just drug seeking.

Ritalin has been, and continues to be, abused by adults for a quick high; its effect is almost cocaine like. But Concerta and Adderall are more often prescribed to adults, and the effects are less intense than Ritalin , and are not attractive to abusers. Many responsible adult sufferers of ADHD wisely choose natural remedies over prescription drugs, such as homeopathics and music therapy.

6. Prescription medication can cure ADHD.

Medications can temporarily help with the symptoms of ADHD, but are not a cure. Natural remedies have fewer side effects than prescription medication, are very cost effective.

7. If you're not hyperactive, you don't have ADD.

Only those diagnosed with ADHD deal with hyperactivity; this shows itself in behaviors such as risk taking and restlessness. Those without hyperactivity are diagnosed with ADD. They share almost all the symptoms as those with ADHD, but are not as hyperactive and restless.

8. Children with ADD or ADHD always outgrow it.

While many children do outgrow ADD/ADHD, a large number carry the disorder into adulthood. Some who seem to have outgrown it, may have simply have found good coping methods that help them, without the use of prescription drugs or doctors.

9. You can't lead a normal life with ADHD

Most with ADHD function very well. Medications and natural remedies have helped some, while many simply work with their ADD/ADHD symptoms, to create personalities and lives that work for them.

10. Medications help everyone with ADHD

Prescription medication is helpful for about 58%. Some find medication, along with support from a counselor, to be more helpful. But many find the side effects of prescription drugs to be unbearable, and find the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies, along with music and sound therapy, to be the safest and healthiest alternative to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

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