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ADHD Does Not Mean I Am Stupid

Posted Aug 12 2008 4:15pm

ADHD might mean a lot of things… I have heard all sorts of myths, misunderstandings, and outrageous claims about what it means to have attention deficit disorder. But what I cannot stand, and what I will NOT tolerate is name calling… I will NOT tolerate when people think that anyone, especially children, with ADHD are stupid.

It’s simply not true… It’s downright rude, offensive, and so many other things…

ADHD means a lot of things, to a lot of different people. And I don’t think you can expect otherwise with a (so-called) spectrum “disorder.” For some reason, people seem to think that ADHD only comes in a few varities.

But the truth is, ADHD is different in everyone. While there are some clear characteristics, ADHD varies greatly from person to person.

ADHD is a differnece in brain wiring and brain functioning.

That’s it! At least on a simple level, that’s what I want you to consider.

No, it’s not necessarily that simple. Yes there is more to know…but for our purposes, this is what you need to be aware of.

So I ask you, where do we get the idea that someone with ADHD is stupid?

You may have read or been told that people with ADHD struggle in certain key areas:

  • Organization
  • Focus and Attention
  • Completing Tasks

But what is often overlooked, at least what is rarely given credit, is that children with attention deficit disorder are NOT broken. They are NOT stupid.

But beyond all that, children and adults with ADHD tend to have a general idea what is going on. Many of them know where they struggle or how they struggle. At least they know just as much as the next person…

Sure… We struggle. We have our moments. But, I ask you this, “Who doesn’t?”

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