|ADHD is not a real disorder “We never heard of ADHD when I was a kid”||ADHD is a hereditary condition and has been recognised since the early 1900s. In the past it was know by other names such as minimal brain dysfunction and hyperactivity disorder.|
|Bad parenting is responsible for ADHD “They need to be disciplined”||Poor parenting skills can lead to bad behaviour in any child, but it cannot cause ADHD.Parenting children with ADHD is challenging, however, family support and education can provide valuable aid in the effective management of ADHD.|
|ADHD is just about hyperactivity “They’re just out of control”||Not all children with ADHD are hyperactive. Remember the ‘AD’ part of ‘ADHD’ stands for Attention Deficit.Difficulties concentrating in a ‘quiet’ child can lead to serious problems with schooling and relationships, even though the child might not attract attention through hyperactivity.|
|It’s just a childhood disorder||Many people believe that children with grow out of ADHD. In fact, when not treated appropriately those with ADHD are at a much greater risk of failures in school, employment, social relationships and developing low self-esteem. They are also at double the risk of forming a substance abuse.|
|Poor diet causes ADHD “It’s too much red cordial”||Food sensitivities can often produce symptoms similar to ADHD but do not cause the disorder. People with ADHD and food sensitivities can experience a worsening of their symptoms if they consume certain foods. Dietary management can be a complementary therapy in conjunction with recommended treatments.