Here are some facts that you might not have known about ADHD:

  • It is a misconception that somebody with ADHD cannot pay attention.  In fact, many people who experience ADHD have the ability to pay attention and focus in different situations (e.g., when watching a movie) and for extended periods of time (e.g., playing a video game for hours).  Instead, difficulties tend to be apparent when that person is asked to complete tasks or responsibilities that they do not consider stimulating or interesting. 
  • At this time, there is no single test that can detect ADHD.  Instead, ADHD is best diagnosed through a comprehensive evaluation that includes appropriate psychological instruments and a thorough examination of a client's personal and family history. 
  • Having ADHD does not necessarily mean that a person is bouncing off the walls or hyperactive.  Instead, a significant number of people with this condition can sit still and be calm.
  • Many people who are described as "lazy" and "unmotivated" by others, may in fact be struggling with undiagnosed ADHD.
  •  ADHD can run in families. In other words, many people who experience ADHD have a family member who has been diagnosed or dealt with the condition as well.
  • What has been historically called "A.D.D." is actually currently called "ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type."
  • Adults with ADHD can receive suitable accomodations while attending college or trade school.
  • Just because a person is on medication for ADHD, does not mean that he/she is receiving optimum benefits from the medicine.
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