10 ADHD Myths That Just Won't DIE!
Hello Brains! [Zombie growling 'brains'] I'm being chased by the Myths of ADHD. [Zombie growling 'brains'] They just won't die. [Zombie growling 'brains'] Hello Brains.
[Intro Music] Just like zombieism, myths are contagious. Passed on from person to person until everyone's infected. I'm going to need a little help. Luckily, while killing actually zombies requires destroying brains.
Defeating zombie myths just requires educating them. That's why you're here Brains. Putting these zombie ADHD myths to rest means being armed with knowledge and willing to use it. Do you think you'd be able to recognize these myths on sight and know how to take them down? Let's find out.
Each of these 10 questions can be answered with the following: True False Or... It's complicated Your training begins now. 1. ADHD isn't real, it's something they made up. It's complicated. While the name ADHD is made up and replaced older terms like 'Clumsy Child Syndrome', 'Moral Failing' and 'Minimal Brain Damage' The actual condition has been described in medical literature for over 100 years. In fact ADHD is one of the most well researched medical conditions.
And is now understood to be a serious neurodevelopmental disorder. So as research continues the labels and descriptions of ADHD may change. But it's not because it doesn't exist.
It's because we are getting better at understanding it. 2. ADHD is just a behavioral issue. False. While it might appear to be laziness or bad behavior. Remember, behavior is affected by the brain. And the brain is affected by genetics. ADHD is highly genetic.
According to current research here are the genetic culprits. And here are the parts of the brain affected by them. 3. ADHD is something you grow out of. It's complicated. While some people no longer experience ADHD symptoms to the point of impairment..
Most people don't actually grow out of it. In fact, many people aren't diagnosed until much later in life. Often when their kids are. ADHD is also hereditary.
4. ADHD is caused by... Sugar. False. But it can make symptoms worse. Playing video games too long. False But it can make symptoms worse. Bad parenting.
False. But it can make symptoms worse. Studys show that an overly critical parenting style can have an adverse effect on ADHD. While this... Does not cure ADHD. Regular routine and lots of positive feedback can help.
5. You can't have ADHD you... Seem fine.
False. Most of us with ADHD develop coping mechanisms or strategies that allow us to hide or compensate for our impairments. It doesn't mean we're not struggling. Just that you can't see it. Get good grades.
False. Gifted and highly intelligent students have ADHD too. So a better indicator then bad grades is whether or not the student seems to be living up to their potential. Aren't bouncing off the walls. False. Not all ADHDers are hyperactive. And not all hyperactivity is physical, ADHDers are often mentally restless.
Constantly moving from one activity or thought to the next. Are a girl. No. False.
Can focus on video games. False. When our brains are engaged in the right way, we can actually hyperfocus. To the point where it's hard to tear us away. 6.
Everyone's a little ADHD. False. Everyone might get a little distracted, hyperactive or impulsive sometimes But having ADHD symptoms isn't the same thing as having ADHD. Being diagnosed with ADHD means having experienced at least 5 ADHD symptoms since childhood At a level that is not developmentally appropriate in a way that can't be better explained by something else To the point where it makes everyday life a challenge. So saying you have a little ADHD because you get distracted is kinda like saying you a little Depression because you get sad. 7. ADHD is... Squirrel..
False. Yes we get distracted, no it has nothing to do with squirrels. And there is way more to ADHD then people realise. We alse struggle with: prioritizing, time management, working memory, regulating our emotions, staying awake, falling asleep..
And transitioning between tasks. 8. Medication cures ADHD. False.
It can help manage the symptoms, and for most people with ADHD it's highly effective but as soon as the meds wear off, the symptoms return. And even on medication, most people still experience their ADHD symptoms they're just easier to manage. 9. Stimulant medication is the only treatment for ADHD. False.
Non-stimulant options are available too, also the medication doesn't work for everyone. And even when it does help, pills don't teach skills. So other forms of support are important as well. 10. Medication turns kids into zombies.
It's complicated. Sometimes it takes a while to find the medication and dosage that works best. But the goal of treatment is not to turn kids into mindless drones.
I can't believe how calm they all are. Mommy I am tired. Can we go sit someplace quiet? Kimmy Schmidt I love you but you're wrong. It's to make their symptoms more managable so that life is less of a daily struggle and they can actually be a more fully realised version of themselves.
I take medication myself, it doesn't solve everything but it's really effective for me. And I'm forever grateful to my mom for getting me the treatment I needed when I was first diagnosed. Bonus Question! Having ADHD means you'll never accomplish anything. False. That's it for this training. You are now ready to fight the hordes of zombie ADHD myths. How? Share this with a friend and see how many they get right.
I've also included this info in a PDF fighting sheet that you that you can read through, print out and I don't know... Hand out at Halloween? If you liked this episode, subscribe. And if you loved this episode and want to help me make more, consider donating to my Patreon page.
Like these zombie myth fighters did. Thank you to all my zombie myth fighters on Patreon and beyond. You can also help defeat the zombie ADHD myths by liking this video, commenting, sharing or adding to the hashtag #ADHDandSuccessful 's story. Bye Brains! Question time. Where do you get your research? Up till now I've done most of it myself using Google Scholar and Deep Dive Which is like Spotify for research. With help from Rachelle LeDuc aka Ducky One of the Brains who's in a registered nursing program and has access to studies and information I don't. But this episodes research was mostly provided by our shiny new researcher Neuron. A first class, honors psychology graduate from Australia who did his honors thesis on endophenotypes in bipolar disorder.
His other qualifications include... And yes, he is also a Brain.
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