ADHD and Adults: Are You Believing these Erroneous Beliefs?

Posted on August 13, 2015

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Not Using the Label “ADHD”:
You might worry that using the label ensures you’ll have a bleak future. Many people have these concerns.

“It is associated with stigma, feeling pigeonholed, and judged.” But the name “ADHD” isn’t the problem. It’s “the ignorance people have about the name.” For instance, individuals may not realize that ADHD is a neurobiological and genetic condition. It isn’t caused by poor parenting, laziness or lack of intelligence. Also, contrary to popular belief, everyone isn’t “a little ADD.” Just because everyone can relate to procrastinating, being bored in class, and getting distracted doesn’t mean understanding what it’s like to have ADHD.

Embrace the label instead. Not using “ADHD” distances you from decades of research investigating interventions and strategies specifically for people with ADHD.

Believing ADHD is “Curable”:
Some books and websites promote the idea that ADHD is curable (and they have the cure.) However, if you see ADHD as a curable condition, you’ll (inaccurately) see your symptoms in a vacuum.

ADHD isn’t something to be cured. Instead, it’s a condition to manage, because it’s lifelong. This means maximizing ADHD’s strengths, such as creativity, spontaneity and out-of-the-box problem solving. And it means minimizing its pitfalls, such as inattention, distractibility, forgetfulness and a propensity for procrastination.

Managing ADHD takes hard work. But you can absolutely lead a successful and satisfying life. The key is to accept your diagnosis and find strategies that work well for you. Seek professional help from a therapist or coach who specializes in working with adults with ADHD. You also might find it helpful to take medication.

Either way, remember that you’re not lazy. You’re not stupid. You don’t lack discipline, and you aren’t a failure.

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