Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that remains misunderstood.
Read below for common myths and facts about ADHD, provided by HealthTexas.
Myth: ADHD isn't a real medical disorder.
Fact: ADHD is a real medical disorder defined by impaired levels of inattention, disorganization, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.
Myth: ADHD is caused by watching too much television or poor parenting.
Fact: ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in the U.S.
Myth: ADHD is a disorder mainly diagnosed in the U.S.
Fact: ADHD occurs worldwide, with prevalence recently estimated at about 7%. Cultural norms and health care access can impact diagnosis.
Myth: ADHD can be cured with diet.
ADHD cannot be cured with dietary changes. Experts recommend treatment with medicine as part of a total treatment plan which may include therapy, counseling and behavioral interventions.
For more information about ADHD, visit healthtexas.org.
Information courtesy of HealthTexas.