The week of October 16th through October 22nd marks the celebration of ADHD Awareness Week. The goal of raising awareness is to help as many people affected by ADD/ADHD as possible. We want to get the word out that ADHD is Real! Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States long ago concluded that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a real, brain-based medical disorder.
It is time to remove the stigma and uncover the myths that have kept so many children and adults from receiving the care and understanding necessary to reach their full potential and be successful in their lives.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the formal name for this disorder. The definition of ADHD includes Attention Deficit Disorder both with and without hyperactivity. The abbreviations ADD, ADHD, AD/HD, and ADD/ADHD are all in use to refer to this disorder.
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of children in the United States who have ever been diagnosed with ADHD is now 9.5%.
Poor parenting, family problems, too much TV, or excess sugar does NOT cause ADHD. Instead, research shows that ADHD is both highly genetic (with the majority of ADHD cases having a genetic component), and a brain-based disorder (with the symptoms of ADHD linked to many specific brain areas).
A lot has changed in the last 20 and even in just the last five years. New research has led to greater understanding of how to parent and how to self-manage ADHD, including but certainly not limited to tremendous advances in the medications available. There is tremendous hope and help available at every stage of life. You can visit ADHD Awareness Week for a wealth of wonderful resources.