What ADHD Is Not

ADHD is not a myth.

It is a medically recognized neurobehavioral disorder that can be managed.

ADHD is not only a "kid's disease."

In the US, about 9.5% of children and teens and 4.4% of adults have ADHD.*

* Based on a 2007 survey of school-aged children who were reported by their parents to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.
Based on a survey of US adults ages 18-44 years.

ADHD is not about intelligence or motivation.

However, work and social interactions can be challenging when it is hard to pay attention, stay organized, and behave appropriately.

Symptoms of ADHD can affect a person at school or work, but ADHD is not classified as a learning disorder.

ADHD is not caused by bad parenting, bad teachers, or by anything you have done.

ADHD is not just an "excuse."

ADHD is a medically recognized disorder and the symptoms cause real challenges.

A person does not have ADHD simply because they become distracted or engage in impulsive behavior.

Although most people are distracted or impulsive once in a while, this does not mean they have ADHD. Only a trained health care provider can tell if you have ADHD.

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