Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Five: Myths About ADD/ADHD in Children

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Myth #1: All kids with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) are hyperactive.

Some children with ADD/ADHD are hyperactive, but many others with attention problems are not. Children with ADD/ADHD who are inattentive, but not overly active, may appear to be spacey and unmotivated.

Myth #2: Kids with ADD/ADHD can never pay attention.

Children with ADD/ADHD are often able to concentrate on activities they enjoy. But no matter how hard they try, they have trouble maintaining focus when the task at hand is boring or repetitive.

Myth #3: Kids with ADD/ADHD choose to be difficult and could behave better if they wanted to.

Children with ADD/ADHD may do their best to be good, but still be unable to sit still, stay quiet or pay attention. They may appear disobedient, but that doesn’t mean they’re acting out on purpose.

Myth #4: Kids will eventually grow out of ADD/ADHD.

ADD/ADHD often continues into adulthood, so don’t wait for your child to outgrow the problem. Treatment can help your child learn to manage and minimize the symptoms.

Myth #5: Medication is the best treatment option for ADD/ADHD.

Medication is often prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder, but it might not be the best option for your child. Effective treatment for ADD/ADHD also includes education, behavior therapy, support at home and school, exercise and proper nutrition.

This week's Friday Five myths were taken from Helpguide's online article, "ADD/ADHD in Children: Signs and Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder". For more about ADD/ADHD and other mental health information, be sure to visit the NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania website!

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