If you are a parent of a child who’s recently been diagnosed with ADHD, or you have been diagnosed yourself, you may be devastated and overwhelmed, which is not uncommon.  The sad truth is that there is an incredible stigma attached to ADHD but if you pull all the positive qualities from each symptom, it is not the worst thing in the world to live with.  Yes, you may be go through various stages of “grief” but it is important to know that ADHD is highly treatable, regardless of the age of diagnosis.

But knowing what treatments are effective and how to find them can seem just as overwhelming as the diagnosis. Be sure to utilize your resources and know who to talk to.  everyday ADDvice will help you with this.

quick factHere are some quick facts and some common misconceptions about ADHD:

  • “ADHD is over-diagnosed.”  This is much dependent on where you reside.  ADHD may be under-diagnosed in an inner city where no one talks about it, but over-diagnosed in an affluent suburban area, where parents are more aware of ADHD and may think their child has the condition if they are not doing well in school.
  • ADHD does not only occur in childhood, it is a lifelong spectrum.
  • “Inattention, distractibility and impulsivity are character flaws.”  ADHD is a neurobiological disorder, and these “character flaws” are symptoms.
  • Children do not outgrow ADHD.  A child with ADHD grows into a teenager with ADHD who then grows into an adult with ADHD.  Simply put, it is something that you are born with and will not just “disappear” over time.
  • Boys are diagnosed with ADHD 3 times more often than girls.
  • Teenagers and adults with ADHD have almost four times as many traffic citations as non-ADHD drivers. They have four times as many car accidents and are seven times more likely to have a second accident.

Living with someone with ADHD (or living with it yourself) is completely manageable and every other month, everyday ADDvice will show you how!

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