Myths and Facts About ADHD Every Parent Should Know

The myths about ADHD can prevent your child from getting the compassion, care, and treatment they need to flourish at school and in life. At Penguin Pediatrics, our pediatrician Dr. Umesh Kodu understands that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very real medical condition that has to do with differences in brain activity and development.

We’re ready to help your child manage their ADHD, so call one of our offices in Ashburn or Stone Ridge, Virginia, if you suspect your child has issues with inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity. Dr. Kodu customizes treatment to your child’s specific needs. We also help you learn about the condition and teach you how to deal with the many myths that create a stigma around ADHD.

Learn the facts and how to dispel these existing myths so you can be your child’s best advocate.

MYTH 1: ADHD isn’t real

Yes, all kids may be challenged in paying attention and following directions due to their age, but ADHD is real. Professional organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Psychiatric Association, all acknowledge ADHD as a medical condition.

MYTH 2: ADHD is a result of bad parenting

Your child’s fidgeting and impulsivity are not due to a lack of discipline. Research reveals that ADHD has a genetic component. Brain imaging also shows differences in the development of the brain in kids who have ADHD compared to those who do not.

MYTH 3: ADHD is a learning disability

ADHD is an attention issue and may affect a child’s ability to focus, but it doesn’t mean that your child isn’t intelligent or can’t master the skills to perform math, reading, and writing. Dr. Kodu can evaluate your child to determine if learning disabilities co-exist with their ADHD. Those with ADHD just learn differently and may need extra assistance in focusing so they can execute their work.

MYTH 4: Only boys have ADHD

Both girls and boys can present with ADHD. While boys are diagnosed in higher numbers, many girls have ADHD symptoms that match those of boys and are at the risk of the same learning and behavioral obstacles. If your daughter demonstrates behaviors that suggest ADHD, contact our office for an evaluation.

MYTH 5: ADHD is overdiagnosed and overmedicated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 6 million children are diagnosed with ADHD – equal to about 9% of kids. This represents an increase in diagnoses over the course of the past decade, leading many to suggest that ADHD cases are being exaggerated. Yes, more ADHD cases have been diagnosed, but this is likely due to a greater understanding of the condition and its symptoms.

Medication can be an appropriate and successful treatment, depending on your child’s case. Dr. Kodu takes into account your child’s specific condition, symptoms, and needs before offering any treatment.

MYTH 6: Children just grow out of ADHD

As children get older, symptoms can fade. This may be because they’ve outgrown the condition or because they’ve simply learned to manage themselves better. But most people with ADHD will continue to have some symptoms that persist into adulthood.

If your child has ADHD, or you suspect they do, they deserve quality medical support, such as what we offer at Penguin Pediatrics, to help them manage their condition. Call us today or book online to receive care that helps your child thrive.

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