8 Myths & Facts About ADHD in Children

ADHD is a serious disorder which can affect the lives of children tremendously. Children with ADHD experience numerous symptoms that can inhibit their ability to focus, which in turn can cause difficulty in school and at home. Children with ADHD who are not medicated often do poorly in school and have poor relationships with their parents due to the misunderstood nature of the disorder. ADHD can produce such symptoms as hyperactivity, impulsive behavior and inattention. If your child suffers from these symptoms, know that it is not their fault and there is help available should a doctor deem it necessary. Still there is plenty of misinformation out there that many are unaware of. Here are the 8 myths and facts about ADHD in Children every parent should know.

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FACT: Sleep and Exercise can help treat symptoms.

If you don't want to rely solely on medications to help your child, know there is something every parent can help their child do. Making sure your child gets plenty of exercise will improve their focus and organization skills. It will also improve their ability to sleep at night. And speaking of sleep, a good night's sleep will prevent exhaustion which can exacerbate symptoms. 

FACT: ADHD can affect social relationships.

As a child, ADHD can affect their relationship with you. In untreated parents may find living with a child with ADHD to be extremely difficult which can affect their relationship with you. Doing poorly at school or trying to make friends at school may also be difficult for children with ADHD. This can transition into their adult life in school, work and personal relationships.

FACT: Symptoms are categorized into three main groups.

As mentioned earlier, a child with ADHD may display inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is possible that a child with ADHD may experience symptoms from only one of these groups or they may experience symptoms from all of these groups. Talk to a doctor about your child's symptoms to learn more.

FACT: Straterra and Adderall are two of the most effective medications for children with ADHD.

Adderall is a stimulant medication that helps by affecting the brain chemistry that causes hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Strattera is a non-stimulant drug that helps children control symptoms related to inattention such as trouble concentrating, fidgeting and focusing.

MYTH: All children fidget and act hyper, so my child is fine.

While it is true that a child may act hyper now and then, especially if you give them sugar or something else that excites them, children with ADHD may experience these symptoms on a consistent basis. So whether or not your child has a problem will depend on how often they experience symptoms and how many of the symptoms they experience from the other two categories.

MYTH: ADHD is caused by poor diet.

Many believe that ADHD occurs as a result of poor nutrition. Currently, there is no scientific evidence to support this theory. While it cannot hurt to improve your child's diet, do not expect any significant results when it comes to treating their ADHD. 

MYTH: My child just needs discipline.

For children with extreme hyperactivity, difficulty focusing in school and not paying attention, many parents may think there is an issue with discipline, but this may not be the case. These symptoms are often associated with ADHD and no amount of discipline may remedy them if ADHD is in fact found to be a cause. Medication, therapy or a combination of the two may be the only solution for your child.

MYTH: ADHD will go away after childhood.

While ADHD symptoms may change as children transition into adulthood, this does not mean symptoms will go away entirely and children will be cured as they grow. ADHD is not just a phase and if untreated, it cannot be managed effectively without some sort of medication or other therapy techniques.