Fact: Boys are diagnosed two to three times as often as girls, but about 4.2% of girls have received a diagnosis of ADHD at some point in their life. (And that’s not none!)
Fact: Everyone does not have a physical difference in their brain
When people say things like, “Everyone has a little bit of ADHD these days!” they mean everyone exhibits some behaviours like the symptoms of ADHD.
FACT: Parents do not cause ADHD. The disorder comes from the accumulation of many environmental and genetic risk factors.
FACT: The therapeutic use of stimulant medications for ADHD prevents addiction
Discipline and relationship problems are the consequences of ADHD behaviour problems in the children, not the cause.
Most young people with ADHD do not show the problems of defiance, spitefulness, or aggression that characterise those with oppositional or conduct disorders. When they are rule-breaking, it is usually a matter of forgetting rules, not appreciating them, or impulsively neglecting them in the heat of the moment.
Fact: ADHD is really a problem with the chemical dynamics of the brain and it’s not under voluntary control.