ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders. It’s also the most commonly misunderstood.
Though the understanding of ADHD has come a long way, there is still the common misconception that ADHD is just a “naughty boy syndrome”.
In actuality ADHD is a disorder that can affect girls, boys and adults.
While there is a negative stigma around ADHD, when treated correctly those with ADHD achieve great things.
While the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, current research shows it is largely linked to genetics.
Further studies are investigating further possible causes including: Brain injury, environmental factors, substance use during pregnancy, premature delivery and low birth weight.
Spotting the signs in children and acting on it is extremely important for that child’s life and future prospects.
Another misconception of ADHD is that a child will eventually grow out of it.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Undiagnosed ADHD in children will cause problems in later life.
For a child, ADHD can lead to difficulties in school, both academically and socially. The result makes it more difficult for kids to stay on track and succeed as they progress into later life.
Symptoms of ADHD also cause issues with impulsivity and self-control. While this might be easy to dismiss as typical child behaviour, it’s shown that this can lead to problems with relationships, work, and other areas of life.
When left undiagnosed and untreated over a long period of time, emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression are often then found in people who had overlooked ADHD as a child. These problems persist into adulthood and make it difficult for people with ADHD to live happy and successful lives.