*It doesn't exist.
*It’s only hyperactivity.
*It’s the current fad disease.
*It’s not that serious a problem!
*It's caused by poor diet - junk food.
*It's just an excuse for bad behavior.
*It’s an emotional or family problem.
*I observed them ... no signs of ADHD.
*They're too bright … can’t have ADHD.
*It’s just a matter of will-power and motivation.
*It's caused by social ills - poverty, racism, violence.
*I think they’re just lazy; unmotivated; irresponsible.
*Other people act the same, and they’re not ADHD (?).
*This is how I parent/teach. They’ll just have to adapt.
*It's caused by our fast-paced, over-stimulating society.
*It's caused by more women drinking, smoking, drugging.
* It's caused by making babies walk too soon - don't crawl enough.
*It's caused by more use of walkers, swings, playpens - too restrictive.
*It's caused by too much TV - lack of outdoor exercise; emulating bad behaviors.
The Truth About ADHD
*Diet worsens but doesn't cause symptoms.
*Hyperactivity is only one symptom; not all have it.
*There are no standardized tests that reveal ADHD.
*It’s a Brain-Based Disorder (Brain Chemistry/Size).
*ADHD is a medical problem, not a will-power issue.
*Use of walkers, swings, playpens does not cause it.
*Making babies walk too soon does not cause ADHD.
*No correlation between intelligence level and ADHD.
*They require learning-style-based teaching methods.
*Observation may or may not reveal ADHD symptoms.
*ADHD is a heterogeneous disorder (many variations).
*Symptoms fluctuate widely from situation to situation.
*Moodiness is caused by brain chemistry (not the family).
*Impairs self-regulation. Poor symptom control without help.
*The harder they try, the worse it gets (proven in brain scans).
*Our fast-paced, over-stimulating society worsens but doesn't cause it.
*Symptoms decrease - in high interest, stimulating, fun, 1-on-1 situations.
*Symptoms increase - with high demand, low interest, confusing, irritating tasks.
*Excessive TV watching probably worsens ADHD symptoms, but doesn't cause it.
*Frequency, intensity, degree of interference of symptoms Key; not just mere presence of certain behaviors.
*Social ills worsen symptoms but do not cause them (Note: Many social ills are caused by untreated ADHD adults who also have ADHD children; perpetuates the cycle).
*Mother's smoking, drinking, drugging during pregnancy can cause ADHD (whether "more" women are doing this is unclear).