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ADHD Advice Gone Bad

Posted Jan 07 2009 3:05pm

As I started writing this post, I got to wondering…  What percentage of the population does NOT understand ADHD?  How many people are convinced of all the myths and misinformation about this complex condition?  How many people are trying to offer advice that is totally inaccurate?

Could we say 90% ?  Is that too high?  I mean, I think it’s pretty fair to say that it’s more than 50%.

I don’t know the answer, but it makes ya think…  What else don’t we understand?  What else are we really confused about because of popular belief?

Well, I’m not here to be philosophical this morning.  I actually am just here to share that I continue to be amazed at what people are willing to share with others about ADHD (when they clearly just don’t get it).

This morning I came across the following question: Is It Bad To Have ADHD?

The question came from what appears to be a young adult — maybe even teen or younger — whose friends all think he has ADHD.  He described being hyper, having a difficult time paying attention, and not being able to sit still for very long.

Sounds like ADHD - but is it based JUST on this information?

Question:  Is it so hard to say, “I don’t know” instead of offering an opinion that is fueled by totally inaccurate information?

Here’s what some people offered up:

  • A girl in my class has it, and she’s really and she has no friends.
  • Yes, probably…
  • Just have your Dr. prescribe you Ritalin and you’ll be fine.
  • If you want to control it, just ask for more pills.
  • It’s just ADD now - and not every kid has it.
  • Just get some meds for it.
  • It’s a mental disorder, it’s not a good thing

Well - I suppose there is some accurate information in there, but what happens when most of it is bad information (especially when children are asking the questions)?

What Do You Think?

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