Only a few generations ago, “naughty” children were just assumed to be a fact of life and many parents put up with distracted, restless children by shrugging and saying, “boys will be boys”. These days, we have a more sophisticated understanding of the way some children may have difficulty sustaining attention. Unfortunately, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) even today comes with a few common misconceptions, such as...

 

Girls don’t get ADHD

 

Not true. This myth is unfortunate because it’s probably behind the fact that so many boys get diagnosed and treated for ADHD while girls are passed over. But the rates are similar for both, with the only difference being the way the symptoms are expressed. Girls may show more symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of attention while boys may manifest more hyperactivity symptoms - nevertheless symptoms are largely individual.

 

ADHD isn’t a real disease

 

Partly true. There is a lot of controversy around the legitimacy of ADHD as a medical diagnosis. The waters are muddied by the fact that while some children show clear symptoms that respond brilliantly to medication, others are labeled with ADHD when they are merely being energetic and curious children. Parents and teachers often have only a vague idea of the difference between true ADHD and normal rambunctious child behavior. It pays to get a few opinions.

 

There’s nothing you can do to cure ADHD

 

Partly true. It is a fact that ADHD is not curable, but it can definitely be managed. With the correct changes to routines, schoolwork, medications and diet, a child who battles with ADHD can learn skills and techniques to work with rather than against the disorder.

 

All children eventually grow out of ADHD

 

Not true. Most children with ADHD go on to have the disorder as adults, although their symptoms may express themselves differently. Many people reach adulthood without ever receiving a diagnosis. However, if a child learns adaptive coping skills in childhood as well as study techniques that work for him, he’s more likely to learn to manage the disorder well. This is why accurate diagnosis and a good treatment plan are vital.

 

During the early years, a child is laying important foundational groundwork for who they will become in later life. ADHD can be a challenge as it disrupts a child’s ability to learn along with their peer group. Luckily, treatment options available today mean that an early and correct diagnosis can give the child the chance to begin accessing their full potential.

 

If you are unsure about medication and would like to try an alternative therapy, Hypnokids® specialists support children by increasing their focus, relax and cope with their symptoms by using the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. This drug-free alternative has plenty of positive side effects and has been used to great success in many children. Younger people are particularly receptive and have a natural openness to suggestions and new experiences, which makes them the ideal candidates for hypnotherapy.